White House suspends CNN's Jim Acosta


"I think Jim Acosta is a very unprofessional man".

Acosta called the White House's claims "lies" and CNN defended its reporter in a statement.

It started when Trump held a press conference on Wednesday at the White House after the midterm elections.

The CNN reporter's credentials were pulled Wednesday after his testy news-conference exchange with U.S. President Donald Trump.

"He gets paid to do this", Mr. Trump said.

She said his press pass was being suspended "until further notice".

But White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders claimed that Acosta had "placed his hands" on an intern who had attempted to take the microphone away from him. "In fact, she asked the most pertinent question of the day", CNN said. He expressed annoyance at the types of questions that are asked, the way that they are asked, and what reporters have said about him, i.e. their type of coverage. "A free press is vital to democracy, and we stand behind Jim Acosta and his fellow journalists everywhere".

Pulling a journalist's White House pass is rare and the misconduct bar is high.

The White House is standing its ground, and, in a statement on Thursday, Sanders said that she stands by her previous position.

"But that is not the job of White House reporters".

While the origin of the manipulated video is unclear, its distribution marked a new low for an administration that has been criticized for its willingness to mislead.

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It was the latest in a long history of fiery run-ins between the mercurial Republican leader and Acosta.

"At every good news organization of which I've been aware over 35 years in and around journalism, it has been a bedrock principle that subjects don't get to choose the reporters who cover them, which includes not getting to veto reporters they don't like", Tofel wrote. "That is not an invasion".

At that point, the president snapped.

"Honestly, I think you should let me run the country". "That's not doctoring", Trump later said.

The video posted by Sanders only focuses on the moment when the woman tries to take the microphone from Acosta.

"I'll tell you what". "CNN should be ashamed of themselves, having you work for them", he said. You are a rude, bad person. "You shouldn't be working for CNN", he said.

"Whether it was me or [former President] Ronald Reagan or anybody else, he would have done the same thing", slammed Trump. "To be honest. You aren't the best", he said.

Looking back at Mr Acosta, who again rose up in his own defense, Mr Trump added: "When you report fake news, which CNN does a lot, you are the enemy of the people".

"The well is simply filled with too much poison and presidential press meetings are being disrupted by the CNN-driven carnival".

"They are not only risky, but they are also disturbingly un-American".