White House suspends CNN journalist Jim Acosta’s press pass on false claims

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Published Nov 08, 2018 | 11:oo IST

Trump tries to clamp down on press freedom yet again

After a heated argument ensued between CNN journalist Jim Acosta and United States President Donald Trump, the White House has revoked Acosta’s press pass for an unspecified duration.
The announcement was made by White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, who expressed displeasure over Acosta’s “unacceptable” conduct.

“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. 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,” she said.

The argument began after Trump refused to answer a follow-up question from Acosta, who repeatedly tried to ask the US President about Russian investigation. The US President then demanded a White House aide to remove the reporter’s microphone, as the journalist persisted in his attempt to ask the question to Trump.

“On the Russia investigation, are you concerned that you may…?” Acosta asked before Trump interrupted him and said, “I am not concerned about anything with the Russia investigation because it is a hoax.”

The US President also backed down from the lectern for a few seconds, after which he told the reporter, “CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them. You should not be working for CNN. You are a rude and terrible person.”

CNN issued a statement in “complete support” of Acosta and posted a video of the altercation, which backs up Acosta’s claims that Sander’s is lying.
Sanders responded by saying, “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.” A number of journalists have called out Sanders for allegedly misrepresenting the situation and revoking Acosta’s press card.

The White House Correspondents Association (WHCA) has also urged for a reversal of the ‘weak and misguided action’ by the concerned authorities.

(By Ritu Maria with inputs from ANI)