White House suspends CNN reporter after confrontation

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Acosta joined a room of other journalists in questioning the president after the mid-term elections, and the topic of immigration came up.

Acosta called the White House's claims "lies" and CNN defended its reporter in a statement. He asked Trump why he has characterised it as an invasion. Acosta stood back up and began mentioning, without a microphone, the explosive devices that were recently sent to CNN and some of the president's political opponents.

Tinting the video red and playing it over a transparent version of the original showed, Mr Shimunov said, the clip had been "sped up to make Jim Acosta's motion look like a chop". "You run CNN", Trump fired back. Acosta said the allegation that he had done so was a "lie," and partisan divides emerged online over whether he had acted appropriately and if the White House's response was proportional.

The White House announced the suspension of Acosta's hard press pass until further notice.

Mr Acosta, CNN's chief White House correspondent, said he was informed by Secret Service officers that he could not enter for his scheduled 8pm broadcast.

Appearing on CNN on Wednesday evening, Acosta told host Anderson Cooper: " I was just trying to ask a question of the president. "This conduct is absolutely unacceptable", she wrote.

"So you're blaming the woman in this situation?" asked Abby, as McCain also countered by sarcastically saying, "So it's the woman's fault for doing her job".

According to White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Acosta's access was revoked as the result of an incident that took place during Trump's post-midterms press conference Wednesday afternoon.

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Nanjiani also accused Sanders of tweeting a "doctored" video.

"They are not only unsafe, they are disturbingly un-American", CNN tweeted after the exchange. "It's so sad", Trump said.

The incident is the latest in a series of clashes between the president and mainstream media outlets, following a spate of comments from Trump calling unfavorable coverage "fake news" and threatening to revoke credentials at some organizations.

"Jim Acosta strikes me as a showboat who would like to attention more than he'd like to get answers to questions", Wallace said.

"What you said is so insulting to me", he said.

"I do think, Anderson, that this is a test for all of us", he said. And the way you treat other people are frightful.

"President Trump believes in a free press and expects and welcomes tough questions of him and his Administration". At one point, the intern reached under Acosta's left arm to try to grab the microphone, and he appeared to gently block her with his arm. "Jim Acosta has our full support".

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