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White House Revokes Press Pass Of CNN's Jim Acosta

09 November 2018

"Pardon me, ma'am", Acosta tells the intern as she reaches for the mic, shifting to keep it out of her hands.

Acosta had challenged the president on his characterization of the migrant caravan moving through Mexico as an "invasion".

At a bonkers press conference that sounded like he was free-associating on Sigmund Freud's couch, Donald Trump freaked out at Acosta, calling him a "rude, bad person" and dispatching a White House intern to yank his microphone away.

Acosta, in a statement, denied Sanders' statement and said he and CNN "won't back down" after the ban.

The same three still frames are repeated in the zoomed-in clips of the incident in the Sanders video, its report adds.

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This prompted several prominent journalists and political analysts to accuse Ms Sanders of using the edited version to make it appear the action was more aggressive. Sanders later accused Acosta of "placing his hands" on the intern and said his White House credential had been suspended "until further notice". Acosta continued to try to ask his question, not giving up the mic. In the real video, it's clear he did nothing of sort.

Ms Sanders shared the video on Twitter, saying: "We stand by our decision to revoke this individual's hard pass".

Trump added that the way Acosta had treated Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was "awful".

The incident comes amid an atmosphere of heightened hostility toward the media in the U.S. In late October, CNN was targeted with explosive devices sent through the mail.

Acosta is CNN's chief White House correspondent. "Here we go", Trump replied.

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"CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them", Trump said. A White House intern eventually moved to take away Acosta's microphone. "You shouldn't be working for CNN". "You are a rude, awful person", Trump added.

"Jim Acosta clearly never touched that White House intern". "You run CNN and if you did it well, your ratings would be much better".

"Well I'm not a big fan of yours either", Trump said.

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White House Revokes Press Pass Of CNN's Jim Acosta