Nov 08, 2018 11:30 Asia/Tehran

White House said Wednesday night that it's suspending the press pass of CNN's Jim Acosta "until further notice."

Iran PressAmericaDuring Wednesday’s press conference at the White House, a combative Trump allowed Acosta, CNN's chief White House correspondent, to ask his question only to cut him off shortly after and branding the journalist an "enemy of the people."

According to CNN,A visibly angry Trump called Acosta a "rude, terrible person," after he refused the president's orders to sit down and give up the microphone during the conference one day after the US midterm congressional elections.

“CNN must be ashamed of itself having you working for them,” the president told Acosta. “You are a rude terrible person.”

Trump then asked another reporter to speak but Acosta refused to sit down. That prompted a White House aide to try to to pull the microphone from Acosta's hands but the CNN reporter pushed her away and kept talking until Trump walked away from the podium as if he was going to leave the room.

CNN called the accusation a lie, arguing that Acosta was banned in retaliation for his challenging questions at today's press conference.

“This unprecedented decision is a threat to our democracy and the country deserves better. Jim Acosta has our full support,” the network said in a statement.

Acosta also accused the White House of making up lies and said the real reason behind the decision was that Trump didn’t want “to be called out on his falsehoods.”

In the 7 p.m. hour on Wednesday, Acosta was stopped at the White House's Pennsylvania Avenue gate where reporters usually enter. He was heading back to the White House for a live shot on "Anderson Cooper 360."


"I've just been denied entrance to the WH," Acosta tweeted. "Secret Service just informed me I cannot enter the WH grounds for my 8pm hit."

Acosta posted a video of a Secret Service officer removing his pass.

"I was just told to do it," the officer said on the recording.

"I am now giving my hard pass to the Secret Service," Acosta said.

Reporters who regularly cover the White House are routinely granted "hard passes" to ease entry and exit to the grounds. It is unclear whether Acosta will be granted some other sort of entry pass for his work. But on Wednesday night, he was turned away at the gate.



During the press conference, Acosta asked Trump why during his midterm congressional rallies he falsely called a migrant caravan moving towards the US an “invasion” while they were hundreds of miles away in Mexico and “posed no threat to the US.”

Trump insisted in response that the caravan was indeed a threat and he would do all in his power to stop it.

Acosta then tried to slip in another question about the ongoing investigation into Trump’s alleged ties with Russia and whether he was concerned about indictments now that Democrats were in control of the House of Representatives.

“I’m not concerned about anything with the Russian investigation because it a hoax… that’s enough! Put down the mic!” Trump said in response.

It was not Trump’s only scrap with the media during the press conference as he shut down several other reporters in the same manner and proceeded to once again accuse some media of being the “enemy” of American people.


Trump's treatment of the press conference varied from one minute to the next

The removal of his pass is a sharp escalation of tensions between the Trump administration and CNN. It immediately stirred concerns within the White House press corps.


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