White House Defends Ban on Reporter

Trump told Acosta to sit down and demanded someone take away his microphone. Image AFPMore

Trump told Acosta to sit down and demanded someone take away his microphone. Image AFPMore

In his first press conference since Republicans lost control of the House of Representatives, President Trump clashed with what he called "a hostile media", including a heated back and forth with CNN reporter Jim Acosta.

When Acosta attempted to return to the White House later on in the day, he was instructed by a secret service member to hand over his press credentials. It also remains to be seen whether White House reporters will walk out, or show solidarity with Acosta and CNN in other ways. "It was about his racist ad on the caravan that they were running before the midterms".

"These frames do not appear in the original C-SPAN footage, and appear to exaggerate the action of Acosta", Storyful's analysis said.

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Twitter users broke down the clip Sanders shared, comparing it with other clips of the incident captured by news cameras, turning it into something akin to 2018's Zapruder film. This unprecedented decision is a threat to our democracy and the country deserves better.

"I worked with Jim @Acosta at CNN". "Is it inappropriate for a journalist to be doing it to a white house aide?"

"Revoking access to the White House complex is a reaction out of line to the purported offence and is unacceptable".

In a later tweet, Sanders said the White House stood by its decision.

Sanders has not confirmed the source of the video she tweeted.

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Sanders, who hasn't said where the tweeted video came from, noted that it clearly shows Acosta made contact with the intern.

The point of yesterday's session was merely to antagonize Trump's. favorite bogeyman, the free press, in order to keep them galvanized and everyone else distracted in the wake of a stinging political defeat. They're hundreds and hundreds of miles away. "That is not an invasion".

They weren't the only ones taking to Twitter to have their say. "The intern reached over Acosta to grab the microphone while he was trying to ask another q and Acosta tried to pull away", Haberman wrote.

Waving his finger, Mr Trump berated him.

"I think he embarrassed himself", he said. You shouldn't be working for CNN.

"Anger is one thing, but in suspending Mr. Acosta's press credential, Mr. Trump signaled that in his view, asking hard questions - the most basic function of a reporter - disqualifies journalists from attending White House briefings", the Board wrote. "You shouldn't be working for CNN", he said.

When NBC reporter Peter Alexander took the mic for the next question, he defended Acosta as a "diligent reporter" - earning Trump's ire.

Meghan McCain was also distraught at the discourse on display, posting, "I got 4 hours of sleep last night and can't emotionally deal with Trump's presser right now".

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