White House suspends credentials for CNN's Jim Acosta

President Trump speaks during a news conference in the East Room of the White House on Wednesday. More

President Trump speaks during a news conference in the East Room of the White House on Wednesday. More

"President Trump believes in a free press and expects and welcomes tough questions of him and his administration", said Press Secretary Sarah Sanders.

"This conduct is absolutely unacceptable", Sanders said. He said she was rude for interrupting another reporter, though he did briefly answer one of Ryan's questions.

The post-midterm election news conference marked a new low in the president's relationship with journalists.

In response, CNN said "this president's ongoing attacks on the press have gone too far", in a statement.

The White House announced the suspension of Acosta's hard press pass until further notice.

Acosta persisted. Trump repeated, "That's enough!" and attempted to call on another reporter, all the while becoming more impatient.

"I'm not a big fan of yours, either", Mr Trump replied. You are not my enemy. In an explanation, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders lied.

"(Sanders) provided fraudulent accusations and cited an incident that never happened. CNN's Ali Velshi tweeted his support, writing, "I worked with Jim @Acosta during my years @CNN". "You are a rude, awful person", Trump added.

The president clashed with Acosta after a series of questions about the migrant caravan, but the conversation became personal in a hurry.

The White House Correspondents' Association and the Radio Television Digital News Association are among the several groups that have criticised the Trump administration's decision.

During the event, the president refused to answer Acosta's questions about indictments in the Russian Federation investigation, saying, "I'm not concerned about anything with the Russian Federation investigation, because it's a hoax".

"I consider it to be an invasion", Trump responded. As I told the officer, I don't blame him.

Acosta then tried to ask about the status of the investigation into Russia's involvement in the 2016 presidential election.

"I tell you what, CNN should be ashamed of themselves having you working for them". You are not the best. She did not say to whom she was referring, but the implication was that it was Acosta. Trump told Acosta "That's enough!" as the reporter tried to ask another question, moving on to the topic of the Russian Federation investigation.

Acosta called Sanders' statement "a lie". "Put down the mic".

'I think you should let me run the country and you run CNN, ' he snapped. "It's a very awful thing that you said". "You shouldn't be working for CNN".

The day after his party lost its lock on the US Congress, Mr Trump entered the room ready for political combat, name-checking Republicans who he blamed for losing their seats and lashing out at reporters who challenged his assertions. "You should not treat people that way". "You shouldn't treat people like that".

Acosta persisted, saying: "They are hundreds of miles away".

He said that, after the early afternoon incident, news of the kerfuffle was "blown away" by the solicited resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

"They are furious this blue wave was a blue tinkle", Levin said.

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