At a White House press conference on Wednesday, CNN’s Jim Acosta chopped away a White House intern’s arm when she tried to take a microphone from him to pass it to the next reporter. Now, the White House has banned Acosta for manhandling the intern.
Acosta was once again making a nuisance of himself with his showboating by refusing to yield the floor microphone to a White House intern after he had already asked several questions. Acosta reused to yield the mic even after the president said he would not answer any more of his questions and that it was time for the next reporter to have a shot.
A young woman in a purple dress reached to take the mic from him, but Acosta physically chopped her arm away. You could see how uncomfortable the young woman was. She was just doing her job, but Acosta violently slapped her away.
In the video you can see Acosta slapping the woman’s arm:
If the #WHCA has any standards they will pull Acosta's membership
If they don't the WH should pull his access
What an absolutely disgraceful loser pic.twitter.com/XGkbggpGda
— Jim Hanson (@Uncle_Jimbo) November 7, 2018
Now, because Acosta physically swatted the intern’s arm, the White House has pulled Acosta’s White House press credentials.
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) November 8, 2018
Acosta jumped to his Twitter account to whine about the ban.
I’ve just been denied entrance to the WH. Secret Service just informed me I cannot enter the WH grounds for my 8pm hit
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) November 8, 2018
On Wednesday evening, the White House put out the following statement:
“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 being supportive of a free press in the midst of him taking 68 questions from 35 different reporters over the course of an hour and a half – including several from the reporter in question. The fact that CNN is proud of the way their employee behaved is not only disgusting, it is 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.” Sarah Sanders
This will make many conservative rejoice, for sure.
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