White House bars CNN reporter after verbal duel with Trump

Lester Mason
November 8, 2018

The exchange marked a new low for Trump's relationship with journalists, which has largely been hostile.

A Trump press conference being analysed as heavily as the Zapruder footage seems to be a natural conclusion of the escalating attempts to "win" partisan online battles in the fight that the U.S. president has picked with the press.

Despite losing the House, Mr Trump held onto the Senate, and branded the election results as a "big victory".

Acosta, 47, regularly grills Sanders at press conferences where she defends Trump's most controversial policies.

CNN reporter Jim Acosta was dressed down by Trump after challenging him on his characterisation of the migrant caravan heading to the USA as an "invasion".

To this, Trump responded, "You should let me run the country". "You should not be working for CNN".

Acosta then tried to ask about the status of the investigation into Russia's involvement in the 2016 presidential election.

"You are a rude, bad person", the president said.

'CNN should be ashamed of themselves having you working for them.

"When you report fake news", said Trump, "you are the enemy of the people". "And the way you treat other people is awful". "You should not treat people that way".

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.

The move to punish Acosta by removing his access to the White House is believed to be unprecedented.

CNN called White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders a liar Wednesday evening in a growing dispute over the conduct of Jim Acosta and the revocation of his press pass over a tussle with a White House intern.

After the exchange, CNN, through its public relations department's Twitter feed, said Mr Trump's attacks on the press have gone too far. "I mean, I think she could have won that race, but she didn't want to have any embrace".

Trump made several references in his news conference to how he feels mistreated by the press.

When NBC reporter Peter Alexander took the mic for the next question, he defended Acosta as a "diligent reporter" - earning Trump´s ire. You are a rude, awful person.

In video from the event, the journalist is seen attempting to ask a follow-up question but is repeatedly shut down by the United States leader, who says "that's enough" five times. The White House has accused him of provoking confrontations, and he, in turn, has become a favorite target of insults lobbed by Trump's supporters, particularly during the president's raucous rallies.

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