White House accused of editing footage of CNN reporter

Lester Mason
November 8, 2018

Mr Acosta, chief White House correspondent for CNN, was called a "rude, bad person" by Mr Trump at a press conference on Wednesday.

After asking his follow-up question, the staff member takes the microphone off Acosta and hands it to the next journalist.

One video that is circulating widely appears to have doctored Mr Acosta's movements.

Defending it chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta, the CNN said the decision is "a threat to democracy".

"As a result of today's incident, the White House is suspending the hard pass of the reporter involved until further notice", White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters.

But the White House maintains that Mr Acosta was in the wrong, with Ms Sanders tweeting that his actions were "absolutely unacceptable".

Trump invited Acosta, a frequent foil, to ask him a question at the White House news conference, which followed his party's loss of control of the House of Representatives in Tuesday's midterm elections.

Acosta pressed him on why he called the migrant caravan making its way from Central America to the USA border an invasion.


Many outlets expressed concern at the fact that a White House staffer attempted to take the microphone away from Acosta, who wouldn't stop talking even though he received answers to two different questions.

Trump laid into the CNN star - the latest in a long history of fiery run-ins between the pair - after Acosta refused Trump's orders to sit down and give up the microphone during a press conference.

"You should let me run the country", Trump said. "The way you treat Sarah Huckabee is awful", he said, referring to his press secretary. "It's a very bad thing that you said". President Trump said, "That's enough. The White House must cease its continuous assault on the First Amendment".

"The question is: did the reporter make contact or not? I think ... we deserve that", he said. You and I disagree on this, ' Trump said.

In a statement Wednesday night, CNN said that Sanders "provided fraudulent accusations and cited an incident that never happened".

While Donald Trump had seemed to accept defeat, putting a call through to congratulate Democrat leader Nancy Pelosi, his demeanour unravelled in a press conference.

Acosta, a frequent White House critic who has taken exception to Trump's press attacks, asked Trump about his remark calling the migrant caravan from Central America an "invasion", telling the president that wasn't an accurate characterization. "They are not only unsafe, they are disturbingly un-American", CNN tweeted after the exchange.

MANDEL NGAN via Getty Images CNN's Jim Acosta has become a favourite foe of Donald Trump in his rallying call against "fake news" and the "mainstream media".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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