CNN's Jim Acosta banned from WHITE HOUSE Briefings
One of the most notable moments of President Trump's post-midterm press conference yesterday (Wednesday 7th) was the dispute between CNN's Jim Acosta and the President himself.
Acosta began questioning Trump on how he has characterised the moving caravan of immigrants towards the United States from Mexico as an 'invasion'. Following this initial question, there was a back and forth between Acosta and the President before Acosta attempting to ask a follow-up question.
Trump denies Acosta a follow up question telling him, "that's enough," before a White House Aide tried to take the microphone away from Acosta. Trump then continues to comment on how "CNN should be ashamed of themselves for having you [Acosta] work for them".
After the press conference was complete, the incumbent White House Press Secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, sending out a series of tweets stating that Acosta's hard pass would be suspended. Within her tweets, Sanders states that the Trump administration will, "never tolerate a reporter placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern."
Different angles of the press conference footage see Acosta approached by the White House aide who attempts to take the microphone away from him whilst there is no evidence from the different angles of footage that Acosta touched the aide in any inappropriate way. Acosta is also heard saying, "Pardon me, ma'am," as he accidentally brushes against her arm to keep control of the microphone.
There has been a lot of outcry against Sanders' decision to revoke Acosta's press pass, with a large number of journalists from different sides of the political aisle coming out on Twitter to protect Acosta. An example of this response comes from Chuck Ross from The Daily Caller, known but it's right-leaning political bias, saying on Twitter, "Plenty to criticize Acosta about, but he did not "place his hands" on the intern. It's ridiculous for anyone to suggest he did."
You can view the clip of the Acosta and Trump dispute by clicking here.