White House suspends CNN's Jim Acosta

President Trump speaks during a news conference in the East Room of the White House on Wednesday. More

"CNN should be ashamed of itself, having you working for them", Trump told Acosta during the press conference, as the reporter battled to keep a microphone amid attempts by a female intern to retrieve it. Acosta found out when the Secret Service blocked his entry.

"President Trump believes in a free press and expects and welcomes tough questions of him and his Administration", said Sanders in a statement this evening.

He repeated that Acosta was a "very rude person", adding, "the way you treat Sarah Huckabee is disgusting", referring to his White House press secretary. "This conduct is absolutely unacceptable".

He said she was rude for interrupting another reporter, though he did briefly answer one of Ms Ryan's questions.

President Trump gave a news conference on Wednesday following the midterm elections.

CNN's reporters, namely Acosta, have been frequently seen on the front lines of the White House's tense press briefings.

"That's such a racist question", said Mr Trump, who has made accusations of unfair coverage from the media a staple on the campaign trail. "We are all Americans".

The edited version has been shared by White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders. "He lies about them on the daily and is never held accountable", she wrote.

"This unprecedented decision is a threat to our democracy and the country deserves better", the statement concluded. "Jim Acosta has our full support".

The suspension comes after a heated confrontation Wednesday between Acosta and President Donald Trump during a news conference.

Acosta, who critics say acts more like an activist than a reporter, was called on by the president at a post-midterms press conference at the White House on November 7. "You and I have a difference of opinion", he said. "You and I have a difference of opinion".

Mr Acosta asked the president about his reference to migrants travelling towards America as an "invasion".

The video is below; the microphone grab is at the:18 mark.

Mr Trump said the Democrats had "nothing, zero" on him. Shouting over Trump's attempts to move on to another reporter, Acosta managed to ask a question about the Russian Federation investigation. "Put down the mic". "And you shouldn't be working for CNN". "It's a very bad thing you said to me". "You should not treat people that way". "Imagine anybody doing this to Obama".

Reuters Frame-by-frame: How the incident unfolded during Wednesday's news conference.

At the same time, Trump is able to continue his claims of the press being the "enemy" of the populace with the scathing statement from Sanders. "I'm fighting back not for me, I'm fighting back for the people of this country", he said. "It's so sad", Trump said.

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