"...Just For Asking A Question": CNN Reporter, Punished By White House

Trump campaigned for numerous Republicans ahead of the midterm elections which he saw as a success

Trump campaigned for numerous Republicans ahead of the midterm elections which he saw as a success

In his first press conference since Republicans lost control of the House of Representatives, President Trump clashed with what he called "a hostile media", including a heated back and forth with CNN reporter Jim Acosta.

The president and the reporter sparred at a press briefing Wednesday, culminating with a White House intern trying to pull the microphone away from Mr Acosta. In between the two questions, Trump attempted to move on, but Acosta refused.

He also shared video of the incident.

What did the White House say?

"We will not tolerate the inappropriate behaviour clearly documented in this video", Sanders said, posting a video of the CNN reporter allegedly placing his hand on a young woman.

But it's not his vigorous questioning that has seen Acosta's White House press pass suspended.

Acosta tweeted that Sanders' statement that he put his hands on the aide was "a lie".

Some of Donald Trump's supporters have applauded the decision to revoke Acosta's pass, saying he had "manhandled" the White House staffer.

President Trump's midterm campaigning focused strongly on a "caravan" of migrants heading through Central America towards the U.S. He claimed it constitutes an imminent invasion and sent thousands of active-duty troops to the southern border with Mexico. When Acosta tried to follow up with another question, Trump said, "That's enough!" and a female White House aide unsuccessfully tried to grab the microphone from Acosta.

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Sitting where I was, you couldn't hear what he said. "But afterwards watching it on the television, I think it was a lovely gesture".

Stirewalt said that either way, the episode hurts the political discourse as the Acosta-Trump feud overshadowed "a bunch of good questions" from reporters like Fox News' John Roberts and CBS News' Major Garrett.

'The way you treat Sarah Huckabee is terrible, ' he said. "It's a very awful thing you said to me".

Beloved by some, his fans reportedly leave bourbon in his mailbox and he's often recognised in the street by supporters who thank him for standing up to President Trump.

The battle between President Donald Trump's White House and CNN's Jim Acosta became incendiary Wednesday. Acosta seems to make contact with her arm. You are a rude awful person you shouldn't be working for CNN.

Eventually NBC reporter Peter Alexander took the microphone and defended his fellow reporter, despite him being from a separate network, calling him a "diligent reporter" - which only proved to anger Trump more.

"You know what? Honestly, I think you should let me run the country". "Mia Love gave me no love", he said.

"[Trump] came out right after his inauguration and said his inauguration crowds were bigger than President Obama's, when they weren't", Acosta previously said in a CNN segment. "Jim Acosta has our full support", CNN said.

Albright said videos like this pose an even greater risk of perpetuating misinformation than completely faked news videos, because they contain a grain of truth and will likely be given the assumption of accuracy.

Acosta, 47, regularly grills Sanders at press conferences where she defends Trump's most controversial policies.

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