After what can only be described as a heated press conference on Wednesday, President Trump has banned CNN’s chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta from entering the White House.
White House Press Secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, announced that Mr. Acosta has had his “hard pass” – permanent credentials that allow access to the White House – suspended indefinitely. She also added that Mr. Acosta “placed his hands on a young woman” an accusation that has since turned out to be false.
President Trump snapped at Mr. Acosta after the journalist asked him if he had “demonized immigrants” when the President called a caravan of Central American migrants “an invasion”. After a tense back-and-forth a female intern attempted to take the microphone from Acosta. Mr. Acosta held on to it and raised an arm to shield the microphone while saying “pardon me ma’am”. Shortly afterwards the President told Acosta: “CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them. You are a rude, terrible person. You shouldn’t be working for CNN. You’re a very rude person. The way you treat Sarah Huckabee is horrible. And the way you treat other people are horrible. You shouldn’t treat people that way.”
Major news outlets such as The New York Times along with The White House Correspondents’ Association have criticised the decision to revoke Mr. Acosta’s hard pass and the White House Correspondent for Reuters, Jeff Masons defended Mr. Acosta on Twitter saying “I was seated next to @Acosta at today’s press conference and did not witness him ‘placing his hands’ on the young intern, as the White House alleges”.