White House yanks pass of CNN correspondent

White House yanks pass of CNN correspondent

Commenting on the recent suspension of CNN correspondent Jim Acosta's press pass by the White House, US President Donald Trump described the reporter as "a very unprofessional man".

Trump has harshly criticized journalists across the board this week - he called Acosta a "rude, awful person" and said he was not smart, and he also mocked foreign reporters for their accents.

Regarding how long Acosta will be suspended, Trump said that "as far as I'm concerned, I haven't made that decision".

The CNN reporter began his question to the president by saying he wanted to "challenge" him on his decision to call the latest Central American migrant caravan traveling to the USA up through Mexico an "invasion".

"You talk about somebody that's a loser, she doesn't know what the hell she's doing", Trump said.

The decision followed a heated exchange between Acosta and President Donald Trump, in which - during a line of questioning - an intern attempted to take the journalist's microphone away.

Unprompted, he brought up April Ryan, Washington bureau chief for American Urban Radio Networks, who often asks argumentative questions of Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Trump.

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"Nobody manipulated it. All that is is a close-up", said the president, who then attacked the reporter for asking the question and called him "dishonest".

Acosta also wanted to know why Trump "demonized immigrants" in the weeks leading up to Tuesday's midterm elections, suggesting - though he didn't actually say so - that it was some kind of political ploy.

Social users were quick to accuse the press secretary of "editing" the footage to make Mr Acosta's movement appear more forceful. "So they use me as an example to show 'this is what can happen to you'". "When you're in the White House, this is a very sacred place to me". That doesn't mean you forgo tough questions, I never did that, but it does mean you think about your tone and phrasing. But firing Sanders isn't the only punishment Kimmel has in mind for the woman he called the "Hucka-B.S. machine" - the Jimmy Kimmel Live host has an even better idea about what Sanders should do post-Trump.

As of now, Sanders still hasn't removed the video of addressed the accusations that it is doctored. Every time a member of the media behaves like Acosta, they're not only damaging the media's credibility; they're playing into Trump's hands. Other mainstream outlets have defended Acosta. In her statement announcing Acosta's suspension, she said the White House won't tolerate "a reporter placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job". "You shouldn't be working for CNN", he said.

At the press conference, NBC News reporter Peter Alexander tried to stand up for Acosta, saying he was a "diligent reporter".

After Friday morning's Q&A session, Ryan called into CNN and said she shook off his insults.

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