White House suspends press credentials of CNN reporter

White House suspends press credentials of CNN reporter

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He then lampooned Acosta for the way in which he has questions White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders in press briefings.

The reporter tried to ask him another question before a female White House aide walked over to him.

GOP Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, who was in attendance at the press conference, later wrote on Twitter, "We all value a free press, but it's unfortunate that some reporters seem more interested in getting their own cable show than doing their jobs".

Acosta began by challenging Trump's assertion that a caravan of Central American migrants making its way on foot through Mexico to the United States border represented an "invasion". "That's enough. Put down the mic", he said, stepping away from the podium in apparent frustration.

However, Mr Acosta refused to give it up as he attempted to ask the president a further question. Go ahead. You're a very rude person the way you treat Sarah Huckabee is awful and the way you treat other people are terrible. Their first melodramatic statement called Trump's latest jabs at the media "disturbingly un-American".

At that point, a White House intern tried to physically take the microphone from Acosta, who wrestled them for it. 'Excuse me ma'am, ' he said to her.

CNN and several major journalism advocacy groups denounced the White House's move.

"Honestly, I know you have it written down, that's a racist question".

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"This unprecedented decision is a threat to our democracy and the country deserves better", said CNN in a statement.

What happened at the earlier press conference?

"I'll tell you what, CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them", Trump said.

Speaking on his LBC show, he said: "The White House is now telling lies".

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, the nation's premier defender of the legal rights of journalists, joins the White House Correspondents' Association in vehemently objecting to the revocation of a CNN reporter's access credentials.

Joy Behar said she seconded a theory saying Trump set up the altercation to distract from more pressing matters, like the co-called caravan and Democrats taking over the House of Representatives.

"The video was not "doctored" by me - all I did was zoom in on the original from the Daily Wire", Watson said.

Peter Baker from The New York Times, who has been covering the White House for 22 years, said, "This is something I have never seen since I started covering the White House in 1996".

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