White House Suspends Jim Acosta's Press Credentials

John Legend slams Trump during President's wild press conference

The CNN reporter's credentials were pulled Wednesday after his testy news-conference exchange with U.S. President Donald Trump. "This conduct is absolutely unacceptable", she said. He said she was rude for interrupting another reporter, though he did briefly answer one of Ryan's questions.

A White House aide jostled with a CNN reporter, trying to take a microphone off him.

It was at this point the female staff member attempted to take the microphone from Mr Acosta.

She grabbed the microphone but Acosta wouldn't give it up. He simply kept a firm grip on the mic when she tried to grab it and said, "Pardon me, ma'am", and continued trying to ask President Trump a second question about Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation. "You are a rude, awful person", Trump added.

CNN took to Twitter calling Trump's attacks on the media as "un-American".

The incident that triggered the White House decision on Acosta had occurred during the press conference in which Trump assessed the results of Tuesday's midterm elections.

But the situation escalated still further later on Wednesday when Sanders accused Acosta of "placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern".

But that question that I posed today was very timely, because just today, Patrick Casey, a leader of Identity Evropa, which is - which the Southern Poverty Law Center says is part of the alt-right and white nationalist movement, tweeted that he was at the White House today.

"You and I have a difference of opinion", Trump said.

The White House has twice defended the video, but did not address claims that it got the video from InfoWars.

Mr Acosta called Ms Sanders' assertion that he placed his hands on the woman "a lie". "You shouldn't be working for CNN", Trump said.

Acosta continued to ask questions, including whether Trump was "concerned" about potential indictments coming from the Mueller probe.

"A free press is vital to democracy, and we stand behind Jim Acosta and his fellow journalists everywhere".

- Asha Rangappa (@AshaRangappa_)Yes, the White House press office is sharing a manipulated video that makes it appear that Acosta was menacing the intern when he was not and did not. "The way you treat Sarah Huckabee [Sanders] is awful".

The White House Correspondents Association (WHCA) also said such a decision is "unacceptable" and urged the White House that it "immediately reverse its decision".

Sanders' remarks have led many on Twitter to call for her resignation while reporters have come out en masse to defend Acosta.

The move followed an incident during President Trump's Wednesday news conference, in which Acosta challenged Trump about his claims regarding immigrants trekking through Mexico to reach the USA border.

Just weeks ago, CNN was targeted with three suspicious packages that resembled the 14 pipe bombs a private individual is suspected to have sent to other prominent critics of Trump.

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