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By Alexyz LigginsJanuary 16, 2019
Things got a little hectic on Wednesday at the White House. CNN reporter Jim Acosta managed to get Donald Trump boiled up after asking him a few questions he did not necessarily want to answer. It caused some back-and-forth which later got intense.
Acosta proceeded with his questions even after Trump said his time was up. Trump got frustrated and fired off by calling him a “rude, terrible person.” The awkward moment was captured all on tape and as a result of the incident, the White House has revoked Acosta’s press badge.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders announced the unexpected move Wednesday evening, explaining that the big decision was a result of the lack of respect for the president and for yanking back when a White House intern tried to take his microphone.
“President Trump believes in a free press and expects and welcomes tough questions of him and his Administration,” Sanders said. “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.”
Sanders said the “conduct is absolutely unacceptable” and Acosta’s refusal to pass the microphone was “completely disrespectful to the reporter’s colleagues” as it was not allowing them an opportunity to ask questions.
“As a result of today’s incident, the White House is suspending the hard pass of the reporter involved until further notice,” Sanders said.
Acosta eventually spoke out and said,
“It was a pretty surreal experience,” Acosta said on CNN, reacting to the news. “I never thought in this country that I wouldn’t be able to go and cover the President of the United States simply because I was trying to ask him a question.”
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