CNN’s Chief White House correspondent, and a reliable thorn in the side of President Trump and press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, had his press credentials revoked today after a contentious news conference this afternoon.
He was asking a question of the president when Trump was trying to move on, and an intern attempted to take the microphone from Acosta and pass it along to the next reporter. But Acosta kept on, trying to ask his question.
The White House did not like that.
After suspending his press pass, Sanders said, “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. This conduct is absolutely unacceptable.”
The revocation of his pass “was done in retaliation for his challenging questions at today’s press conference,” the CNN statement said. “In an explanation, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders lied. She provided fraudulent accusations and cited an incident that never happened. This unprecedented decision is a threat to our democracy and the country deserves better. Jim Acosta has our full support.”