CNN reporter Jim Acosta left the media world stunned on Wednesday when he announced the Secret Service prevented him from entering the White House following his explosive exchange with President Donald Trump.
“I’ve just been denied entrance to the WH. Secret Service just informed me I cannot enter the WH grounds for my 8pm hit,” he tweeted.
Shortly thereafter, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders announced that the White House was suspending his credentials after he put his “hands” on a female intern when she tried to take the microphone.
“President Trump believes in a free press and expects and welcomes tough questions of him and his Administration. We will, however, never tolerate a reporter placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern,” Sanders tweeted.
She went on to call Acosta’s conduct “absolutely unacceptable.”
“It is also completely disrespectful to the reporter’s colleagues not to allow them an opportunity to ask a question. President Trump has given the press more access than any President in history,” Sanders added.
Sanders also took a shot directly at CNN for its mischaracterization of the incident.
“Contrary to CNN’s assertions there is no greater demonstration of the President’s support for a free press than the event he held today,” she tweeted. “Only they would attack the President for not supporting a free press in the midst of him taking 68 questions from 35 different reporters.”
“The fact that CNN is proud of the way their employee behaved is not only disgusting, it‘s an example of their outrageous disregard for everyone, including young women, who work in this Administration,” Sanders said.
Apparently, Trump is done giving Acosta second chances.
“As a result of today’s incident, the White House is suspending the hard pass of the reporter involved until further notice,” Sanders concluded.
Acosta later uploaded this video of his "hard pass" being revoked:
Earlier in the day, President Trump clashed with Acosta, who refused to give up the microphone even after ordered to do so numerous times. When a female intern attempted to take the microphone, Acosta physically resisted her, sparking outrage.
Watch the exchange below:
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