White House suspends press credentials of ‘CNN’ senior journalist

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 09 Nov 2018 08:59:59


 

By Lalit K Jha,

WASHINGTON,

IN AN unprecedented move, the White House has suspended the credentials of a senior ‘CNN’ journalist for his “disgusting and outrageous” behaviour, hours after he had a testy exchange with President Donald Trump during a marathon news conference. The move came just hours after CNN’s chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta drew the ire of Trump by persisting with questions about his views on a caravan of Central American migrants making its way to the US border and refused to the President’s orders to sit down and clung to the microphone.


The removal of Acosta’s pass is a sharp escalation of tensions between the Trump administration and the media.  At the news conference, which lasted 1 hour and 26 minutes, Trump snapped at the press corps, called reporters “rude” for asking questions, and made baseless claims about political polling.


Acosta was one of the first reporters Trump called on. “Thank you, Mr. President,” he said. “I want to challenge you on one of the statements that you made in the tail end of the campaign.” Trump leaned into the microphone and said, “Here we go” — seemingly relishing the confrontation.


“As you know, Mr. President, the caravan is not an invasion,” Acosta said. “It’s a group of migrants moving up from Central America towards the border with the US.”
Trump, sarcastically, replied, “Thank you for telling me that, I appreciate it.”


“Okay, that’s enough,” a visibly angry Trump said as Acosta tried to ask another question. Then a White House intern unsuccessfully tried to take the microphone from the ‘CNN’ correspondent. Trump backed away from the podium for a moment, signalling he was done, while Acosta asked the question again and then let go of the microphone.