White House Suspends CNN’s Jim Acosta Pass; Video Doesn’t Match Its Claims

White House Suspends CNN’s Jim Acosta Pass; Video Doesn’t Match Its Claims

It lasts barely a couple of seconds, but the video of a White House staff member trying to take a microphone from the CNN reporter Jim Acosta during a chaotic press conference has become the focus of the latest online battle between Donald Trump supporters and opponents.

The White House later accused Acosta of "placing his hands on a young woman".

Trump refused to answer Acosta's questions about calling the migrant caravan an "invasion" and the Russian collusion investigation.

Acosta was called "rude" by Trump who added that the way the reporter treats White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was "horrible".

Acosta held onto it, and raised his arm to stop the aide from taking it, in the process making contact with her.

After a war of words between the journalist and president, Trump said CNN was fake news and, as such, an enemy of the people.

She continued: "This conduct is absolutely unacceptable".

Later, via Twitter, she said that she has interviewed white nationalists who say they are more excited by Mr Trump than they have been about other presidents.

The press conference, which initially focused on simple political topics, quickly descended into chaos after Trump was asked about his politics and the controversial issue of Russian Federation meddling in the US's 2016 presidential election (the same election that put Trump in the White Hosue). Only they would attack the president for not supporting a free press in the midst of him taking 68 questions from 35 different reporters over the course of 1.5 hours including several from the reporter in question.

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Earlier, Acosta had tweeted that he was denied entrance to the White House. The channel said the revocation "was done in retaliation for his [Acosta] challenging questions". "Jim Acosta has our full support".

US President Donald Trump clashed with journalists during a speech at The White House that addressed the results of the 2018 midterm elections.

Acosta has been one of the most outspoken reporters covering the administration since Trump took office.

Trump took the rare step of mocking Republican candidates who kept their distance from him during the campaign because of concerns that his divisive messages on immigration would turn off voters - but lost anyway. It's a group of migrants moving toward the border, ' Acosta, CNN's chief White House correspondent, said.

Mr Acosta stood back up and began mentioning, without a microphone, the explosive devices that were recently sent to CNN and some of the president's political opponents. It was obviously a question he didn't like.

Mr Trump said: "That's enough". Alcindor, who is black, asked whether Trump thought his declaration during the campaign that he's a "nationalist" had emboldened white supremacists, who are also called "white nationalists".

"I want them to come into the country but they have to come in through a process. I think they're trying to send a message to my colleagues".

Acosta said he learned that his access was withdrawn from a text message on his phone. Who invited him? I haven't gotten a response from the White House yet.

The president complained that the media did not cover the humming economy and was responsible for much of the country's divided politics.

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