Trump-Acosta spat leads to reporter being barred from WH

Thursday, November 8, 2018
Jody Brown, Steve Jordahl (

Trump's spat with Acosta (Nov 2018)It's clear CNN's White House correspondent pushed the president too far during a press conference on Wednesday. Following that gathering, the White House revoked that journalist's press pass.

President Donald Trump and CNN's Jim Acosta locked horns again yesterday when Acosta began his question by accusing the president of being a liar:

Acosta: "I wanted to challenge you on one of the statements that you made on the tail-end of the campaign: that this caravan was an invasion."

Trump: "I consider it to be an invasion."

Acosta: "As you know, Mr. President, the caravan was not an invasion. It's a group of migrants moving up from Central America towards the border with the U.S. ... Why did you characterize it as such?"

Trump: "Because I consider it an invasion. You and I have a difference of opinion."

Acosta: "But do you think that you demonized immigrants during this election .... They're hundreds and hundreds of miles away. That's not an invasion."

Trump: "Honestly – I think you should let me run the country, you run CNN. And if you did it well your ratings would be much better. That's enough!"

It escalated from there. When Trump chose to move to another reporter, Acosta physically shoved the arm of the young woman whose job it was to pass around the media microphone.

Acosta: "One other question .... Pardon me, ma'am .... If I may ask, on the Russia investigation: are you concerned that you may have ... "

Trump: "I'm not concerned ... because it's a hoax. That's enough! Put down the mic! .... I tell you what, CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them. You are a rude, terrible person. You shouldn't be working for CNN."

Watch video of the Trump-Acosta exchange

Kyle Drennen of Media Research Center has seen it before. "When Jim Acosta goes up there, he's playing to the cameras," he tells OneNewsNow. "It's performance art, almost."

Late yesterday, the White House suspended Acosta's press pass, accusing him of "placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern" and calling it "absolutely unacceptable."

CNN's response? The network said in a statement that the White House revoked Acosta's press pass out of "retaliation for his challenging questions" Wednesday, and the network accused White House press secretary Sarah Sanders of lying about Acosta's actions. "Jim Acosta has our full support," the statement added.

By the way, there was one other bit of news from the press conference, although it hardly comes as a surprise to anyone. The president is running again in 2020 and Mike Pence will be his running mate.

Reporter: "Do you want to lock down your ticket right now, sir? Will the vice president be your running mate in 2020?

Trump: "Well, I haven't asked him, but I hope so. Where are you? Mike, will you be my running mate?"

Pence nodded yes.


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