White House Bars CNN Reporter After Verbal Duel With Trump

Yolanda Curtis
November 10, 2018

Moments earlier he had defended his decision to bar CNN reporter Jim Acosta following their exchange at Wednesday's press conference, saying that Acosta "is a very unprofessional guy".

Despite losing his White House pass, Acosta is expected to travel to Paris this weekend to cover Trump's trip to meet with world leaders. He does this with everybody. "You run CNN, and if you did it well, your ratings would be higher", Mr Trump said.

Phillip, a CNN reporter and former Washington Post journalist, drew Trump's wrath on Friday, after she asked whether he hoped Matthew Whitaker, Trump's appointee as acting attorney general, would "rein in" special counsel Robert Mueller's probe of Trump's presidential campaign.

Ryan isn't the only black female journalist Trump has derided this week.

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White House press secretary Sarah Sanders released a statement accusing Acosta of "placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern", calling it "absolutely unacceptable". I mean, she intentionally disseminated doctored video to discredit a reputable journalist.

The president said that the bad blood between him and the media was the fault of journalists showing insufficient deference. "She doesn't know what the hell she is doing".

Trump insisted that the video distributed by White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was simply a "close-up" and "was not doctored".

"I haven't made that decision, but it could be others also", the president responded.

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"Things got uncomfortable when Acosta refused to turn over the microphone to an intern who reached out to remove it from him, and then stood up to continue his banter without the microphone", McBride and Tompkins said.

Trump told Ryan, of American Urban Radio Networks, repeatedly to sit down when she attempted to ask Trump about accusations of voter suppression. Some people have suggested that Trump, no fan of Robert Mueller's "witch hunt" Russian Federation investigation, is going to direct the new man in charge of the probe to end it. "When you report Fake News, which CNN does a lot, you are the enemy of the people".

Conway said Acosta should not have swiped at the White House aide before "grabbing the microphone back".

In response, CNN said through its Twitter feed that Phillip's question wasn't stupid. When you're in the White House, this is a very sacred place to be. "You now have security, and you say the White House should pay for it".

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After Acosta asked about the investigation of Russia's involvement in the 2016 election, Trump tried to turn to Alexander, but Acosta continued to ask questions. Trump on Wednesday accused Alcindor of asking a racist question when she inquired about the president receiving support from some white nationalists.

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