NEW YORK – The White House has suspended CNN's correspondent Jim Acose's press file after he and President Donald Trump were intense confrontation during a press conference.
They began sparring on Wednesday when Acosta asked Trump about a caravan for immigrants entering the Latin American South American border. When Acosta tried to follow the other question, Trump said, "That's enough!" and a female White House assistant failed to try to catch the microphone from Aco.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued an opinion in which Acosta accused "placing his hand on a young woman who is just trying to work as a white house trainee" by calling it "absolutely acceptable".
The interaction between Acosta and the trainee was short, and Acosta seemed to brush her hand when she reached the microphone and tried to grab it. "Sorry, ma'am," she told him.
Acosta mixed that Sanders' statement that he placed his hand on an assistant was a "lie".
CNN said in a statement that the White House revoked Acosta's press, which refused "its challenging questions," and the network accused Sanders of lying about Acosta's actions.
"(Sanders) filed fraudulent accusations and mentioned an incident that never happened." This unprecedented decision is threatening our democracy and the country deserves better, CNN said. "Jim Acosta has full support."
The Managing Directors, who are scheduled to cover the White House, apply for vehicles that allow them daily access to the West Wing Press Area. The White House staff decides whether journalists are eligible, even if the secret service determines whether they accept their application.
A press conference on medium-term elections marked new pressure on President's relations with journalists.
"It's such a hostile media," Trump said after the reporter, April Ryan, from American Urban Radio Networks, was ordering to sit while he was trying to ask him a question.
The chairman complained that the media did not cover a steep economy and largely responded to the country's politics. He said, "I can do something great, and they do not look good."
His exchange with CNN's Acosta and NBC News "Peter Alexander turned bitterly into personal, unusual even in a forum where the nature of their work often leads to the presidents and the press conflicts.
"I came here as a nice person who wants to answer the questions and I had people who jumped from their seats crying questions to me," said Trump, who spoke almost 90 minutes despite journalists with journalists.
Acosta asked Trump why the immigrant carriageway was emphasized in the mid-term races that had just begun, and he questioned Trump's reference as a caravan attack.
"You should let me use the ground," Trump said. "You are using CNN and if you did it well, your rating would be much better."
When Acosta asked to study Russian participation in the 2016 election, Trump tried to turn to Alexander, but Acosta continued to ask questions.
"CNN should be ashamed that you're working for them," the president said to Acosta. "You're an unusual, terrible person, you do not have to work with CNN because how you treat Sarah Sanders is terrible, the way you treat other people is horrible.
Alexander became the defense of my colleagues. "I have traveled with him and watched him," Alexander said. "He's a hard-working journalist who breaks his band like any of us."
"I'm not a big fan of you," Trump replied.
"I understand," Alexander said trying to ask a question. Acosta got up and took note of the explosives recently sent to CNN and some political opponents of the president.
"Just sit down," Trump said. "When you report the fake news that CNN does a lot, you are the enemy of the people."
CNN said Trump's attacks on the press have gone too far.
"They are not just dangerous but disturbing Americans," CNN sent the message later. "Although President Trump has made it clear he does not respect the free press, he has a solid duty to protect it. Free press is vital to democracy and we are from Jim Aco and his journalists everywhere."
When reporting Acosta's suspension, Sanders said, "The fact that CNN is proud of how their employees behave is not only disgusting, it is an example of their overwhelming disregard for all, including young women who work in this administration."
The White House correspondents' organization issued a statement on Wednesday that it "strongly opposes Trump Administration's decision to use the security conditions of the US secret service as a tool to punish a journalist who has a difficult relationship, a reaction from the line to the alleged offense and can not be accepted."
WHCA asked the White House to "immediately reverse this weak and wrong action".
During the news conference, Trump was replaced by reporter Yamiche Alcindor of PBS "NewsHour." He said that "on the path of the campaign you said to yourself a nationalist, some saw this as a white white nationalist." Trump interrupted him by calling it a racist question.
Alcindor pressured: "There are some people who say that the Republican Party has relied on white nationalisms because of rhetoric. What do you say?"
"What you said was so offensive to me," he said. "It's a terrible thing you said to me."
Alcindor moved to another topic. Later on Twitter, he said he had interviewed white nationalists who say that Trump has inspired more than other presidents. "Though President Trump does not intend to do so, some people will see him directly on the racists," he wrote.
Trump told Ryan, American Urban Radio Networks, repeatedly to sit when he tried to ask Trump about allegations of repression of voters. He said he was rude to suspend another journalist, even though he answered briefly to Ryan's questions.
This story has been corrected to show that the NBC News correspondent is named Peter Alexander and not Peter Garrett.