Earlier Wednesday, Acosta had questioned Mr. Trump on his rhetoric on the . Mr. Trump grew angry with Acosta and tried to move on to another question. A White House intern came to take Acosta’s microphone, but Acosta moved away and said “pardon me, ma’am” and tried to continue questioning.
When Alexander said “I think that’s unfair,” Mr. Trump continued to address Acosta, saying “the way you treat Sarah Huckabee is horrible. And the way you treat other people are horrible. You shouldn’t treat people that way.”
Acosta tried to stand up and say something, Mr. Trump told him to “sit down.”
The White House said it was suspending Acosta’s “hard pass,” which allows him press access to the White House, because it will “never tolerate a reporter placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern.” But video recorded at the press briefing shows Acosta putting his arm on top of hers as she tried to take the microphone away from him. It appeared to be an accident since he said, “pardon me, ma’am” and moved away from her.
Acosta tweeted the White House’s statement was a “lie.”
“This unprecedented decision is a threat to our democracy and the country deserves better,” CNN’s statement said. “Jim Acosta has our full support.”