During a press conference by President Trump, Acosta pressed the president on the issue of migration and the administration's portrayal of the Caravan of Migrants. "I'm sick of him being the story, I'm sick of talking about Jim Acosta", she said.
"When they go low, we keep doing our jobs", Acosta said.
Acosta later retweeted Sanders' statement with his own comment, "This is a lie".
"When you look at the clip, is that inappropriate touching?" asked Whoopi Goldberg on Thursday.
Trump told Acosta plainly, "Because I consider it an invasion. I'm telling you what the law is".
"On the Russian Federation investigation, are you concerned that you may.?"
"And I want people to come in". Despite multiple attempts to pry the microphone away, Acosta held on. "You shouldn't be working for CNN", Trump said to Acosta.
Trump was dodging Acosta's questions regarding a wide range of subjects, including the Russian Federation investigation and the group of migrants traveling from Central America toward the USA, when a White House intern walked up to take his microphone away. In response, Acosta leveled his hand on her arm in a karate-chop like motion to keep the microphone out of her grasp. "You are a rude, bad person".
That didn't stop Acosta from talking but Trump moved on, calling on NBC's Peter Alexander.
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"It was done in retaliation for his challenging questions at today's press conference", CNN communications said in a statement posted to Twitter. "The media grandstanding has gone overboard".
She added, "President Trump has given the press more access than any President in history".
Trump also shut down American Urban Radio Networks' April Ryan.
What do you think of this exchange?
"I'm talking to this gentleman".
"We did this in spite of a very dramatic fundraising disadvantage driven by Democrats' wealthy donors, and special interests, and a very hostile media coverage, to put it lightly", he said.
"It is also completely disrespectful to the reporter's colleagues not to allow them an opportunity to ask a question", she said.
Alcindor pressed on: "There are some people who say the Republican Party is seen as supporting white nationalists because of your rhetoric. It's so sad", Trump said. The pro-Trump media loves to mock him.
She said that "on the campaign trail, you called yourself a nationalist".