CNN journalist Jim Acosta’s White House access revoked after spat with Trump

Trump blows up at Jim Acosta

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"Here we go", Trump said to Acosta.

At the conference Trump, when asked if he had "demonized immigrants" during the midterms campaign, replied: "No, I want them to come into the country". But that's - that's a really - I think something that people are looking at and are very concerned that there are white nationalists walking around in the White House, as the president says that just asking about them is racist.

CNN said Wednesday night that Acosta's suspension "was done in retaliation for his challenging questions at today's press conference" and claimed Sanders "lied" in her explanation of what unraveled. "President Trump has given the press more access than any President in history".

Acosta tweeted that Ms Sanders' statement that he put his hands on the aide was "a lie". Acosta, she added, asked several questions during the press conference.

"Jim Acosta strikes me as a showboat who would like to attention more than he'd like to get answers to questions", Wallace said.

Hostin said she does not blame the intern for the situation, but asserted she should not have tried to take the mic away, even though that is her job and President Trump (her boss) said to Acosta, "That's enough". "Why doesn't CNN and all journalists who check and verify everything they report sue trump for slander?"

Question for @PressSec: Where'd you obtain the distorted @Acosta video you posted?

'You are a very rude person, ' Trump told him.

Trump added that the way Acosta had treated Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was "awful". Wait. You know why we need the people?

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Looking back at Acosta, Trump added: "The way you treat [press secretary] Sarah Huckabee is frightful, and the way you treat other people is terrible".

He was later turned away at the White House press centre by secret service officers.

When Trump moved on to NBC's Peter Alexander, the reporter defended Acosta, calling the president's description of him "unfair".

Trump responded: "Well, I'm not a big fan of yours, either".

That brought Acosta to his feet again.

An aide attempted to grab the microphone from Acosta, who nevertheless tried to shout out one last question.

Mr Acosta asked the president about his reference to migrants travelling towards America as an "invasion".

Other social media users are sharing one of Mr Trump's tweets from 2013 where he criticises the "intimidation of its reporters".

"It's such a hostile media".

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