CNN journalist Jim Acosta denied entry to White House after spat with Trump
CNN Chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta has been denied entrance into the White House for “placing hands on a young woman” trying to take away his microphone while asking U.S. President a question, the same day Trump said he was “rude” and a “terrible person.”
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Acosta posted a video on his Twitter account a U.S. secret service agent taking away his credentials to enter the White House.
“The US Secret Service just asked for my credential to enter the WH,” Acosta wrote. “As I told the officer, I don’t blame him. He is just doing his job.”
The US Secret Service just asked for my credential to enter the WH. As I told the officer, I don’t blame him. I know he’s just doing his job. (Sorry this video is not rightside up) pic.twitter.com/juQeuj3B9R— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) November 8, 2018
I’ve just been denied entrance to the WH. Secret Service just informed me I cannot enter the WH grounds for my 8pm hit— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) November 8, 2018
In a statement, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Acosta’s refusal to give up a microphone to a young staffer who tried to take it away Wednesday at a press conference with Trump is the reason his access has been denied.
“[The White House will] never tolerate a reporter placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern. This conduct is absolutely unacceptable,” Sanders said. “As a result of today’s incident, the White House is suspending the hard pass of the reporter involved until further notice.”
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The incident in question happened as the staffer repeatedly attempted to take away Acosta’s microphone while Acosta was trying to ask Trump a question.
Right before, Trump said “I think you should let me run the country, and you run CNN. And if you did it well, your ratings would be much better.”
After, Trump said, “CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them. You are a rude, terrible person, you shouldn’t be working for CNN.”
CNN later issued a statement that said Trump has “gone too far.”
“This President’s ongoing attacks on the press have gone too far. They are not only dangerous, they are disturbingly un-American,” CNN wrote. “A free press is vital to democracy, and we stand behind Jim Acosta and his fellow journalists everywhere.”
-With files from Rebecca Joseph and Katie Dangerfield