At 7 o'clock on Wednesday, Acosta stopped at the White House's Pennsylvania Avenue Street where reporters usually enter. He went…
At 7 o’clock on Wednesday, Acosta stopped at the White House’s Pennsylvania Avenue Street where reporters usually enter. He went back to the White House for a living shot at “Anderson Cooper 360.”
“I just denied entry to WH,” Acosta tweeted. “Secret Service just informed me that I can not get into the WH basics for my 20:00 hit.”
Acosta uploaded a video by a secretary who took away his passport.
“I was just told to do it,” said the official at the recording.
“I’m giving my hard pass to Secret Service now,” said Acosta.
Reporters who regularly cover the White House get routinely “hard passes” to facilitate entry and exit to the basics. It is unclear whether Acosta will be granted another entry pass for his work. But on Wednesday night he turned to the gate.
The removal of his passport is a sharp escalation of tensions between the Trump administration and CNN. There was immediate concern within the White House press corps.
Peter Baker, CEO of The New York Times, said on Twitter: “I have never seen this since I started covering the White House in 1
996. Other presidents did not fear the hard issue.”
White House’s Correspondent Association, advocating on the press corps behalf, is expected to issue a statement later on Wednesday night.
Acosta has been one of the most aggressive reporters on Trump-beat, winning him a large number of fans but also a large number of critics.
During Wednesday’s press conference, many people on social media thanked Acosta for trying to keep the president accountable for their words and actions.
But others condemned the correspondent. Some Trump Boosters said that Acosta’s references would be revoked. And the Pro-Trump media outlet ran stories that the reporter had abused White House aide trying to remove a microphone from him at the press conference.
Sanders repeated this statement in his statement.
“President Trump believes in a free press and expects and welcomes difficult questions about him and his administration,” she said. “However, we will never tolerate a reporter who puts her hands on a young woman who is just trying to do her job as a White House trainee. This behavior is absolutely unacceptable.”
CNN producer Allie Malloy responded to Sanders via Twitter: “This is a complete lie. The woman grabbed Jim’s arm repeatedly. He never once touched her. In fact, @Acosta says politely” sorry, mom “as she strikes her arm.”
Acosta tweeted also Sander’s description of the event was a “lie”.
At the press conference, Trump spun on the press corps, reporters called “rude” to ask questions and made baseless statements about political voting.
“Such a hostile media. It’s so sad,” he said, continuing his annual campaign against the people who covered him.
Trump’s most controversial replacement was with Acosta. Immediately after CNN said in a statement: “The President’s ongoing attack on the press has gone too far. They are not only dangerous, they are disturbing American.”
“While President Trump has made it clear, he does not respect a free press, he has a sworn duty to protect it,” CNN added. “A free press is crucial to democracy, and we stand behind Jim Acosta and his co-workers journalists everywhere.”
The news conference was shown live on CNN and all other cable news and broadcast networks. Media critics and Democrats said that Trump’s comradeship – told reporters to “sit down” and insult some of them – could be part of a strategy to refuse attention from democratic victories in the middle.
“Trump wants to make the story him vs the media, not him, took his ass in the chamber. This press conference directly plays in the story,” former Obama aid Tommy Vietor tweeted. “
Acosta was one of the first journalists as Trump called. “Thank you, Mr President,” he said. “I want to challenge you on one of the statements you made in the tail of the match.”
Trump leaned into the microphone and said, “Here we go”
Acosta brought up the migrants traveling from Central America to the South American border and the racist ad referring to them as the Trump campaign was released last week.
“As you know, Mr. President, is not the caravan an invasion, “said Acosta.” It’s a group of immigrants moving from Central America to the border with the United States. “
Trump responded sarcastically:” Thank you for telling me, I appreciate it. “
Acosta: “Ever r You did characterize it as such? “
” Because I consider it an invasion. You and I have a disagreement. “
” But do you think you demonized immigrants? “
” No, not at all. I want them to enter the country, but they must come in legally. “
That’s what immigrants try to do – they say they intend to seek asylum.  Acosta shouted the misleading ad and said,” They are hundreds of miles away, but they are hundreds and hundreds of miles away. It’s not an invasion. “
” You know what? I think you should “Trump started to say, pointing to Acosta.” Honestly, I think you should let me run in the country. You are driving CNN. And if you did well, your grades would be much better. “
” Okay, that’s enough, “Trump said when Acosta tried to ask another question.
A white house crew hurried to catch the microphone and carry it to The next reporter Trump chose NBC Peter Alexander.