CNN Reporter Jim Acosta Berated By Donald Trump & Suspended From White House


White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders has been accused of "doctoring" the footage of the incident between CNN's Jim Acosta, who has had his White House pass revoked, and a female intern. "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 a question", Acosta said.

The interaction between Acosta and the intern was brief, and Acosta appeared to brush her arm as she reached for the microphone and he tried to hold onto it. "Pardon me, ma'am", he told her.

In the exchange, Trump called Acosta a "rude, awful person" and suggested CNN should fire him.

Acosta was repeatedly trying to ask Trump about his referral to a migrant caravan headed to the US from Central America as an "invasion".

Acosta's hand can be seen apparently applying pressure and lingering for a few seconds on the woman's arm.

The edited version has been shared by White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders.

White House staffers decide whether journalists are eligible, though the Secret Service determines whether their applications are approved. "You are a rude, awful person", Trump added. Trump called the journalist a "rude bad person" and accused his network CNN of reporting "fake news".

Acosta later wrote on Twitter that Sanders explanation for why his access has been revoked is "a lie".

The President was involved in a furious row with Jim Acosta following the midterms, which led to the CNN reporter being banned from the White House for "inappropriate behaviour". But others say the CNN reporter should have just handed it over.

Trump said the way Acosta treats Sanders is "horrible".

Waving his finger, Mr Trump berated him.

The "hard pass", which speeds up entry to the White House grounds, was suspended by the Trump administration on Wednesday night, CNN reported.

"It is also completely disrespectful to the reporter's colleagues not to allow them an opportunity to ask a question", Sanders stated.

"I'm not a fan of yours either". In a statement posted to Twitter, CNN said the White House's decision was a "retaliation for [Jim Acosta's] challenging questions". "That's not doctoring", Trump said, also telling the press, "Nobody manipulated it, give me a break".