White House Defends Ban on Reporter

White House Defends Ban on Reporter

White House Defends Ban on Reporter

"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", Reuters correspondent Jeff Mason wrote on Twitter. He asked Trump why he has characterised it as an invasion. "You run CNN, and if you did it well, your ratings would be higher", Mr Trump said.

And it would have ended there, just another chapter in the often-tense Trump administration relationship with the press, if the White House hadn't made a decision to reach for a trident.

To many, the widely shared video of the exchange between Acosta and the unidentified young woman showed otherwise. She called the behavior "absolutely unacceptable".

Trump on Syria strikes: 'Mission Accomplished!' After Acosta accused Sanders of telling a "lie" about what went down, Sanders tweeted out a video clip showing Acosta clearly pushing the intern's arm down. The way you treat Sarah Huckabee is awful, and the way you treat other people are frightful.

"We stand by our decision to revoke this individual's hard pass". "Jim Acosta is always the story".

The response to Sanders, who constantly echoes the president's "fake news" claims, apparently using an inaccurate video to ban a member of the press led to her tweet being heavily criticized.

The White House Correspondents Association also condemned the action to revoke Acosta's credentials.

The move to punish Acosta by removing his access to the White House is believed to be unprecedented.

Nearly immediately, there has been a major backlash for Sanders to resign in the wake of sharing the video, which was created by the widely discredited alt-right site InfoWars.

It was the latest in a long history of fiery run-ins between the mercurial Republican leader and Acosta.

Trump began taking questions and called on Acosta, who tried to ask about the president's characterization of a migrant caravan of roughly 4,000 Central American immigrants who are walking through Mexico to claim asylum in the U.S. "But they have to come in legally", Trump said.

It is unclear whether Acosta will be turned away again on Thursday.

At that point, the president snapped. "You shouldn't be working for CNN".

'That's enough, Put down the mike, ' Trump told him. You and I have a difference of opinion.

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

Craig Aaron of the activist group Free Press called Trump's actions "a direct and unsafe attack on the public's rights to hold their leaders accountable" and called for "a unified stand" by the press corps.

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