Washington, Nov 8 : The White House on Wednesday revoked credential pass of CNN reporter Jim Acosta hours after he sparred with Donald Trump at a news conference, in which the US president branded the journalist an “enemy of the people.”
The heated exchange began after Acosta kept on asking the president’s views on a caravan of Central American migrants making its way to the US border.The president tried to brush him off and ordered him to sit down and give up the microphone during the conference but Acosta refused to surrender a microphone provided by the White House and persisted with asking another question.
President called Acosta a ‘rude, terrible person’
“The White House is suspending the hard pass of the reporter involved until further notice,” said White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders hours later, referring to Acosta, who then tweeted that he had been denied White House entry.
The US Secret Service just asked for my credential to enter the WH. As I told the officer, I don’t blame him. I know he’s just doing his job.
Acosta posted a video of a Secret Service officer removing his pass.
“I was just told to do it,” the officer said on the recording.
“I am now giving my hard pass to the Secret Service,” Acosta said.
We are not the enemy of the people. I am not your enemy. You are not my enemy. It is wrong to call your fellow Americans the enemy. We are all on the same team. We are all Americans.
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) October 29, 2018
Trump said “that’s enough!” and a White House intern unsuccessfully tried to take the microphone from the CNN journalist.
“President Trump believes in a free press and expects and welcomes tough questions of him and his Administration,” Sanders said in her statement.
Acosta shot back at the accusation of misconduct, tweeting “this is a lie” — as his network and a number of Washington journalists who had been at the press conference voiced support for him.
This is a lie. https://t.co/FastFfWych
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) November 8, 2018
“We will, however, never tolerate a reporter placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern. This conduct is absolutely unacceptable,” she said.
Acosta said he had first become aware of a problem when security stopped him from entering the White House grounds. It was “a pretty surreal experience” being barred from doing his job because he tried to ask a question of the president, he said.