WASHINGTON — The White House has suspended the press move of CNN reporter Jim Acosta after President Donald Trump took situation with questions Acosta requested at a press convention Wednesday afternoon.
At the occasion, Trump snapped at Acosta after he requested why the president referred to as the Central American migrant caravan “an invasion” and “demonized immigrants.” Following a prolonged and tense verbal again-and-forth, a female White House intern attempted to take the microphone away from Acosta.
Acosta held onto it and at one level advised the lady, “Pardon me, ma’am.”
On Wednesday night time, White Home press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders accused Acosta of “putting his palms on a younger lady” and stated it was on these grounds Acosta’s press move was being suspended “till additional discover.”
“President Trump believes in a free press and expects and welcomes robust questions of him and his Administration,” Sanders stated in a press release. “We’ll, nevertheless, never tolerate a reporter putting his arms on a younger lady just making an attempt to do her job as a White Home intern. This conduct is completely unacceptable. It’s also utterly disrespectful to the reporter’s colleagues not to permit them a chance to ask a question.”
On Twitter, Acosta responded to Sanders’ assertion with, merely: “This can be a lie.”
After their trade at the press conference, Trump advised Acosta: “CNN ought to be ashamed of itself having you working for them. You’re a impolite, terrible individual. You shouldn’t be working for CNN. … You are a very rude individual. The best way you deal with Sarah Huckabee is horrible. And the best way you treat other individuals are horrible. You should not deal with those that means.”
NBC News reporter Peter Alexander tried to face up for Acosta, saying he is a “diligent reporter.” Trump responded: “Properly, I’m not an enormous fan of yours, both.”
CNN did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Washington Submit’s Lindsey Bever contributed to this report.