White House suspends CNN Jim Acosta's press pass

White House suspends CNN Jim Acosta's press pass

"President Trump believes in a free press and expects and welcomes tough questions of him and his administration".

A visibly angry Trump called reporter Jim Acosta a "rude, bad person", after the CNN White House correspondent refused the president's orders to sit down and yield the microphone during the conference one day after the USA midterm election.

Trump then refuses to answer a second question before a White House staffer rushes forward to grab Acosta's microphone.

When Trump tried to brush him off, Acosta refused to surrender a microphone provided by the White House, while trying to ask Trump another question. Acosta posted a video on Twitter showing him being denied entry.

The president confronted Acosta in a testy exchange after the CNN White House reporter field Trump with questions about the migrant caravan and Russian Federation investigation.

Acosta pressed him on why he called the migrant caravan making its way from Central America to the US border an invasion. Reporters should challenge the powerful, but the picture of an older male reporter making a younger female staffer uncomfortable wasn't pretty, especially when Acosta's only objective was to showboat for the cameras.

It all started when CNN's Acosta got into a heated debate with Trump after he asked the president about the migrant caravan. The way you treat Sarah Huckabee is awful, and the way you treat other people is terrible.

The White House upped the ante significantly.

He called the White House accusations "a lie". While President Trump has made it clear he does not respect a free press, he has a sworn obligation to protect it.

What did the White House say?

"This unprecedented decision is a threat to our democracy and the country deserves better", CNN said. "And the way you treat other people is awful". A White House intern came to take Acosta's microphone, but Acosta moved away and said "pardon me, ma'am" and tried to continue questioning.

"We have been working at the White House for five years covering two administrations", Acosta said to the officer, as he voluntarily gave up his hard pass.

Acosta kept asking and the president, who held the presser to tout Republican wins in Tuesday's election, had enough and told him to sit down.

Trump has repeatedly claimed that CNN is "fake news" and incited his followers to chant the phrase at representatives of the news organization during his campaign rallies.

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