Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

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

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

Acosta asked Trump why the caravan of migrants was emphasized as an issue in the just-concluded midterm races.

"I tell you what, CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them", he said.

"You are a rude, awful person", Trump told Acosta. But pulling the credentials of a White House reporter over nothing more than a personal grievance from the president is entirely unprecedented, even in Donald Trump's administration.

Trump also accused Acosta of treating Press Secretary Sarah Sanders in a way that was "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.

The "hard pass", which speeds up entry to the White House grounds, was suspended by the Trump administration on Wednesday night "until further notice." Why?

Sanders also noted that Trump took 68 questions from 35 different reporters over the lengthy press conference that lasted 90 minutes-the first one he's held since the midterm elections.

After Acosta was denied re-entry to the White House for a live shot Wednesday evening, Sanders tweeted out the news of his hard pass suspension, saying the White House would not tolerate his "placing his hands on a young woman" and that CNN defending him was "disgusting". She called the behavior "absolutely unacceptable".

Mr Trump replied: "I consider it an invasion".

Sanders tweeted a video of the incident to back up her claim. "The point of yesterday's session was merely to antagonize Trump's and his supporters' favorite bogeyman, the free press, in order to keep them galvanized and everyone else distracted in the wake of a stinging political defeat". A number of reporters seated near Acosta during the exchange, including Jeff Mason of Reuters, contradicted the White House's version of events.

NBC, in particular, took some heat for their coverage of the altercation, with many conservatives wondering if Acosta should have put his hands on the staffer as she tried to take the microphone back. He said that "I can do something fantastic, and they make it look not good".

Other organizations and individual journalists have followed suit, expressing outrage both about the barring of Acosta and about Trump's ongoing efforts to undermine a free press.

"We urge the White House to immediately reverse this week and misguided action", the WHCA wrote.

Mashable has reached out to the White House for comment on the allegations surrounding the video Sanders shared. "Jim Acosta has certainly does that and this is a moments that not just all reporters but all Americans should be really concerned about and stand together against".

In a later tweet, Sanders said the White House stood by its decision.

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