White House suspends Jim Acosta press pass

The White House has suspended press credentials of CNN reporter Jim Acosta on Wednesday after President Trump took issue with his questions at a news conference.

The move to punish a reporter by removing access to the White House is believed to be unprecedented. The Trump administration has in July barred another CNN reporter from attending an open media event, but until now has not gone as far as removing a press pass, which enables a journalist to enter the White House premises.

During the 90-minute news conference, Trump snapped at Acosta after being asked whether he had “demonized immigrants” by referring to a caravan of Central American migrants as “an invasion.” A female White House intern tried to take the microphone from Acosta after the tense exchange, when Acosta held onto it and raised an arm to shield it, in the process making contact with the aide. “Pardon me, ma’am,” he said to the woman. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders cited Acosta’s brief physical confrontation with the press aide as the reason for suspending his press pass.

After their conversation at the news conference, Trump said to Acosta: “CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them. You are a rude, terrible person. You shouldn’t be working for CNN. You are a very rude person. The way you treat Sarah Huckabee is horrible. And the way you treat other people is horrible. You shouldn’t treat people that way.”