Sarah Sanders on Jim Acosta Ban: ‘We Stand by Our Statement’

Trump attacks members of his own party and shouts at CNN’s Jim Acosta in wild press conference

President Donald Trump points as he speaks during a news conference in the East Room of the White House Wednesday Nov. 7 2018 in Washington

In what is already three national crises ago, but still a big f*cking deal, White House press secretary revoked CNN reporter Jim Acosta's press pass as a distraction from the fact that Trump fired his Attorney General as a distraction from the fact that his party got wiped out in the House.

They began sparring after Acosta asked Trump about the caravan of migrants heading from Latin America to the southern U.S. border.

Acosta had his White House "hard pass" suspended following a contentious interaction where he refused to give up the microphone to a White House intern after an aggressive series of questions and repeated orders from the president to sit down, and the Trump administration accused him of manhandling her. Acosta denied it.

Acosta told Cooper he believes the administration is looking to send a message to all journalists by stripping him of his credentials. Acosta said he thought the suspension was also an attempt to "send a message to our colleagues". "I do think that they're trying to shut us down to some extent, inside the White House press corps".

When NBC reporter Peter Alexander took the mic for the next question, he defended Mr Acosta as a "diligent reporter" - earning Mr Trump's ire. Trump ended the exchange by insulting Acosta, calling him a "rude awful person", and saying that when CNN reports "fake news", they are the "enemy of the people". "The way you treat Sarah Huckabee [Sanders] is terrible".

Acosta began by challenging Trump's assertion that a caravan of Central American migrants making its way on foot through Mexico to the USA border represented an "invasion". After months at odds with President Trump, Sessions resigned on Wednesday, clearly writing that he was only doing so at Trump's request. They are not only unsafe, the are disturbingly un-American.

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Joy Behar said she seconded a theory saying Trump set up the altercation to distract from more pressing matters, like the co-called caravan and Democrats taking over the House of Representatives. "You shouldn't be working for CNN", he said. He called the White House accusations "a lie". Trump responded: "Well, I'm not a big fan of yours, either".

"When I saw that, I learned very early on that what I saw was a battery, not by Jim Acosta but by the young White House aide", added Sunny Hostin. "We stand by our statement".

"What you said is so insulting to me", he said.

Knox added "We urge the White House to immediately reverse this weak and misguided action".

Trump also shut down American Urban Radio Networks' April Ryan.

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