CNN reporter confronts Donald Trump, White House suspends his press pass

CNN reporter confronts Donald Trump, White House suspends his press pass

CNN reporter confronts Donald Trump, White House suspends his press pass

Trump's fiery exchange with CNN's White House correspondent Jim Acosta has led to the reporter's press credentials being revoked.

As US President Donald Trump answered questions from the press following his speech about Wednesday's midterm results, his turbulent relationship with some media outlets was evident.

Despite the Democrats gaining control of the House of Representatives for the first time since 2010, Mr Trump said voters had "clearly rebuked" the party.

CNN reporter Jim Acosta asked Trump why he had focused on migrants in his campaign leading up to the mid-term elections. "You shouldn't be working for CNN", Trump said.

The back-and-forth between Trump and Acosta quickly grew heated after the reporter challenged Trump's characterization of the caravan as an "invasion" and asked why the president had "demonized" immigrants in a widely criticized ad rejected by networks.

In a stinging put down of Acosta, he said: "I tell you what CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them".

Acosta was called "rude" by Trump who added that the way the reporter treats White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was "horrible". The way you treat [White House press secretary] Sarah Huckabee [Sanders] and other people is frightful. "You shouldn't treat people that way". "You shouldn't treat people that way".

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

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White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, however, claimed that the reporter had "placed his hands" on an intern who had attempted to take the microphone away from him.

The White House has now suspended Mr Acosta's press access.

In a later tweet, Mr Acosta said Ms Sanders' assertion he placed his hands on the woman was "a lie".

These weren't the only reporters to grate on the president at this press conference, though. "It's a very awful thing you said to me".

His exchanges with CNN's Acosta and NBC News' Peter Alexander turned bitterly personal, unusual even for a forum where the nature of their jobs often put presidents and the press at odds.

He took at a jab at "grandstanding" congressmen from his own party whom he said would have made it hard to get legislation through the House, had Republicans eked out a narrow win in the chamber. "That's enough", he said repeatedly, as Acosta tried to speak.

"In Jim's defense, I've traveled with him and watched him, he's a diligent reporter who busts his butt like the rest of us", Alexander said. He threw out a hasty question about the Russian Federation investigation, but President Trump spoke over him.

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