The White House has banned CNN’s Chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta on Thursday night, after he got physical with a female White House staffer during a fiery exchange with President Donald Trump at a press conference earlier in the day.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed Acosta’s credential had been revoked, until further notice.
“President Trump believes in a free press and expects and welcomes tough questions of him and his Administration,” Sanders said in a statement. “We will, however, never tolerate a reporter placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern.”
Acosta confirmed the news himself on Twitter, and shared video of security taking away his pass.
I’ve just been denied entrance to the WH. Secret Service just informed me I cannot enter the WH grounds for my 8pm hit
The US Secret Service just asked for my credential to enter the WH. As I told the officer, I don’t blame him. I know he’s just doing his job. (Sorry this video is not rightside up)
Earlier on Thursday, Acosta had peppered Trump with questions and refused to give up the microphone as he asked about the caravan of migrants attempting to illegally enter the United States, as well as the Russia investigation.
“That’s enough. Put down the mic,” Trump ordered Acosta, as a female White House aide tried to take the microphone from him.
However, Acosta initially refused to turn it over and instead pushed her arm down.