CNN Reporter Jim Acosta Berated By Donald Trump & Suspended From White House
When Acosta attempted to return to the White House later on in the day, he was instructed by a secret service member to hand over his press credentials. Sanders released a statement from the White House after the incident, stating, “President Trump believes in a free press and expects and welcomes tough questions of him and his Administration. 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. It is also completely disrespectful to the reporter’s colleagues not to allow them an opportunity to ask a question. … As a result of today’s incident, the White House is suspending the hard pass of the reporter involved until further notice.”
Acosta and CNN responded by refuting the claim that he placed his hands on the staffer, using photo evidence as proof. CNN released a statement via Twitter, as did The White House Correspondents’ Association.