White House suspends press pass of CNN reporter Jim Acosta

  • White House suspends press pass of CNN reporter Jim Acosta

White House suspends press pass of CNN reporter Jim Acosta

The exchange marked a new low for Trump's relationship with journalists, which has largely been hostile. "Presidents never enjoy pointed questions from the press, but President Trump should respect their right to ask them and respect Americans enough to answer them".

During the pair's heated exchange, Acosta asked Trump about the caravan of Central American migrants who are making their way toward the USA border and challenged him about whether the caravan really was an "invasion", as Trump had previously stated. "You should not be working for CNN".

"And if you did it well your ratings would be much better". He then said "That's enough", as his aides tried to pull the mic away, and after Acosta asked him about the Russian Federation investigation, he completely snapped.

The Trump administration has pulled CNN reporter Jim Acosta's press credentials after a heated exchange with Trump during a press conference on Wednesday.

At the White House news conference Wednesday, Trump called Acosta a "rude, awful person" when he refused to sit down after asking the president about a racist anti-immigration ad his re-election campaign had paid for and promoted ahead of Tuesday's midterm elections.

'CNN should be ashamed of themselves having you working for them.

"The way you treat Sarah Huckabee is awful", Trump said. "You shouldn't treat people that way". "You should not treat people that way".

Trump said Republicans "defied history" by expanding their majority in the Senate to at least 51 seats, while chastising Republicans who failed to embrace his support.

The interaction between Mr Acosta and the intern was brief, and Mr Acosta appeared to brush her arm as she reached for the microphone and he tried to hold on to it. "Pardon me, ma'am", he told her.

He then lampooned Acosta for the way in which he has questions White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders in press briefings.

"As a result of today's incident", Sanders added, "the White House is suspending the hard pass of the reporter involved until further notice".

In a statement announcing the disciplinary measure Wednesday evening, Sanders said, "President Trump believes in a free press and expects and welcomes tough questions of him and his administration".

The president had been talking to other reporters and really railing against them.

When NBC reporter Peter Alexander took the mic for the next question, he defended Acosta as a "diligent reporter" - earning Trump´s ire. Waving his finger, Trump berated him. He doesn't like that there are some white nationalists who are supporting the president. "Mia Love gave me no love", he said.