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CNN reporter loses White House access

A White House aide immediately approached
Acosta and unsuccessfully tried to grab the microphone from
him, Efe news reported.

The White House has withdrawn the permanent credential from CNN
journalist Jim Acosta for confronting US President Donald Trump
at a press conference following the mid-term results.

The CNN journalist at the White House on Wednesday engaged in a
tense tug-of-war with Trump, who after answering several of his
questions, said “That’s enough. Put down the mic… I tell you
what, CNN should be ashamed of itself, having you working for
them. You are a rude, terrible person.”

A White House aide immediately approached Acosta and
unsuccessfully tried to grab the microphone from him, Efe news
reported.

Hours later White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders tweeted: “As
a result of today’s incident, the White House is suspending the
hard pass of the reporter involved until further notice.”

Acosta was asked by an agent of the US Secret Service for his
accreditation after leaving the presidential building,
according to a video of the moment shared by the journalist on
Twitter.

“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,” is, however,
the explanation given by Sanders.

“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,” she said in a statement.

In response, Acosta said, “This is a lie.”

The permanent credential allows a select group of journalists
to freely enter and leave the White House and cover the
president’s day-to-day life.

The incident that triggered the White House decision on Acosta
had occurred during the press conference in which Trump
assessed the results of Tuesday’s midterm elections.

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