Video Shows Secret Service Taking CNN Reporter Jim Acosta’s Press Pass Away

Jim Acosta

Acosta refused to give up the microphone when a White House intern tried to grab it from him, infuriating Trump.

She called Acosta's behavior "absolutely unacceptable".

"It is also completely disrespectful to the reporter's colleagues not to allow them an opportunity to ask a question", added the WH Press Secretary.

Trump cut Acosta off as he was asking a question, and a female White House aide made an unsuccessful attempt to take a microphone out of Acosta's hands.

Acosta said in a tweet late on Wednesday he had been denied entry into the White House by the Secret Service.

"She was just doing her job, which was to reclaim the microphone that belongs to the federal government, and hand it to the next reporter", Conway said during an appearance on Fox News this morning.

"CNN should be ashamed of themselves, having you work for them", he said. "The way you treat Sarah Huckabee [Sanders] is awful".

"Well, when you report fake news - no, when you report fake news, which CNN does a lot - you are the enemy of the people", a fuming Trump said before wandering away from the podium again.

CNN said in a statement after the exchange that "this president's ongoing attacks on the press have gone too far".




But Ms Sanders later posted a video of the incident on Twitter, saying she stood by the decision to revoke Acosta's pass and the White House would "not tolerate the inappropriate behaviour clearly documented" in the footage.

"Honestly I think you should let me run the country and you can run CNN", he said in the press conference at the White House.

But Storyful, a social media intelligence agency that specialises in video, say its analysis shows the clip "contains extra frames that do not appear in the C-SPAN broadcast of the event".

"Mr. President, I have one other question on the Russian Federation investigation". This unprecedented decision is a threat to our democracy and the country deserves better.

"It was about his racist ad on the caravan that they were running before the midterms".

The original tweet, from Jews for Racial and Economic Justice board member Rafael Shimunov, says the White House itself doctored it. "Jim Acosta has our full support". He criticized NBC's Peter Alexander for backing Acosta.

Corey Lewandowski, Trump's former campaign chief, said on Boston Herald Radio about Democrats feeling emboldened after midterm wins: "We're starting on the wrong foot".

Acosta wasn't the only reporter with whom the president sparred. Trump's critics have called the deployment a political stunt.

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