White House bars CNN journalist Jim Acosta for ‘touching’ intern

The White House has suspended the press pass of Jim Acosta, the CNN reporter embroiled in an argument with Donald Trump during Wednesday’s post-midterms press conference, “until further notice”.

Mr Acosta had “placed his hands on” a female aide trying to retrieve a microphone at the request of the president as the pair clashed over Mr Acosta’s repeated questioning, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders claimed in a statement posted to Twitter.

White House bars CNN journalist Jim Acosta for 'touching' intern lailasnews 3
White House bars CNN journalist Jim Acosta for ‘touching’ intern


The CNN reporter tweeted in response: “This is a lie.”

Ms 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. 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.

“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. Only they would attack the president for not supporting a free press in the midst of him taking 68 questions from 35 different reporters over the course of 1.5 hours including several from the reporter in question.

“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.

“As a result of today’s incident, the White House is suspending the hard pass of the reporter involved until further notice.”

Video of the incident posted by CNN showed Mr Acosta attempting to retain the microphone while questioning Mr Trump on his immigration rhetoric and Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged collusion with Russia.

As the female aide tries to take it from him he can be seen to briefly block her arm with one hand.

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  1. I just the way Trump rules the country. Had it been we have a leader like Trump in Nigeria, with our resources am very sure Nigeria will be the greatest and mightiest country in the world.

  2. More coordination is expected, but when you go against the code of conduct, and you are reprimanded. It’s a sign of discipline. The lady was only carrying out orders, thus, she deserves some respect.

  3. that was superb…she’s carrying out orders…that’s why Americans are better….if is here in Nigeria ..nothing would have been done to the man…..

  4. CNN just doesn’t like Trump and I believe the feeling is mutual, this would be a perfect excuse to start the back and forth again #sigh!

  5. There is a serious secret between the US President and CNN, until that secret is unveiled all this silly talk of touching and no touching wil not stop.

  6. Politics! There may be somthing else he might have done b4 now..or he was not supposed to touch the lady..

  7. Clean opportunity for Trump to deal with CNN and Jim Costa gave it to him on a player of gold. How can a Trump White House suspend someone for “touching ” as far as I am concerned nothing happened.

  8. Clean opportunity for Trump to deal with CNN and Jim ACosta gave it to him on a platter of gold. How can a Trump White House suspend someone for “touching ” as far as I am concerned nothing happened.

  9. He is a strict and no nonsense man check out his statement. I 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.

  10. Touch a female during intern shouldn’t park being bar. Trump alleged stated he was being rude and te journalist was only trying to do his job. MR president took it too far

  11. i hope my people are seeing how serious people are taken in the us? unlike here where you can even slap a core staff of the aso villa because you’re so so and so and still go scot free. well my people dont learn this type, we dont emulate this type, its the ones that dont add value to us that we copy fast

  12. It maybe un intentional, it doesn’t have to go that far. And to my able country (Nigeria), this is the kinda thing you should imitate and make use of, if this kinda things are happening, then the rate of crimes and corruption would have reduce in the society

  13. We should learn from this. The US holds enviable respect for humanity, talk more when it comes to any rightful organization

  14. There was no need for Trump being inpatient with the journalist. If he didn’t want to answer the question, I feel there are better ways he would have gone about it.

  15. I see it as being disciplined. Everyone deserves some respect how much more someone who was just carrying out orders! Trump is disciplined!

  16. Probate felt because she was an intern, he could ride on her….. Serves him right. Nice she could speak up, it shows how great a journalist she would be.

  17. Probably felt because she was an intern, he could ride on her…. Serves him right. Nice she could speak up, it shows how great a journalist she would be

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