President Donald Trump's ongoing feud with Jim Acosta, CNN's chief White House correspondent, boiled over on Wednesday, with Trump verbally berating the journalist before the White House ultimately suspended his press access. Acosta pushed the woman's arm down as she tried to take the microphone away from him while he was haranguing the president.
Sanders added that the White House was suspending Acosta's press pass, which is a requirement for reporters to get access to the White House.
Acosta began by challenging Trump's assertion that a caravan of Central American migrants making its way on foot through Mexico to the United States border represented an "invasion".
Trump refused to answer Acosta's questions about calling the migrant caravan an "invasion" and the Russian collusion investigation. He then said "That's enough", as his aides tried to pull the mic away, and after Acosta asked him about the Russian Federation investigation, he completely snapped. "You are a very rude. person. the way you treat Sarah Huckabee is".
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"When you report fake news, which CNN does a lot, you are the enemy of the people", Trump said to Acosta when he protested again.
Mr Acosta asked Mr Trump why the caravan of migrants was emphasised as an issue in the just-concluded midterm races.
A White House staff member reaches for the microphone held by CNN's Jim Acosta during a news conference at the White House in Washington, November 7, 2018. The White House has accused him of provoking confrontations, and he, in turn, has become a favorite target of insults lobbed by Trump's supporters, particularly during the president's raucous rallies.
"Just sit down", Trump said.
'I think you should let me run the country and you run CNN, ' he snapped.
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When Acosta asked about the "Russia investigation", Trump said, "It's a hoax".
It continued "they are not only risky, they are disturbingly un-American" and "while President Trump has made it clear he does not respect a free press, he has a sworn obligation to protect it". "Honestly, I know you have it written down, that's a racist question".
Acosta called the accusation a lie. "To be honest. You aren't the best", he hit back.
The video is below; the microphone grab is at the:18 mark.
He then said that he was glad that the Democrats ended up in control of Congress as opposed to Republicans keeping a majority by just a few seats because it would be easier for Trump and the Senate to work with Congress that way.
"They are not only unsafe, they are disturbingly un-American", CNN said.More news: Democrat Gillum concedes in close Florida governor's race