By now you have heard that Jim Acosta was removed from the White House and had his press credentials revoked indefinitely yesterday.
This came after a press briefing with President Trump where CNN’s Acosta rudely interrupted him several times in order to derail the briefing.
“I wanted to challenge you in one of the statements you made in the tail end of the campaign in the mid-terms.”
Trump says “oh great, here we go” and signals for Acosta to hurry up with his question.
“Well [you stated] that this caravan was an invasion. As you know Mr. President, the caravan was not an invasion…”
The two men get into a bit of a verbal tussle at this point and at one point Trump says something incredible.
“You know what? I think you should let me run the country. You run CNN and if you did it well your ratings would be much better.”
Trump then signals that his time for questions is over, but Acosta refuses to give up the microphone and pushes a female staffer away when she tries to take it.
“As a result of today’s incident, the White House is suspending the hard pass of the reporter involved until further notice.”
As a result of today’s incident, the White House is suspending the hard pass of the reporter involved until further notice.
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) November 8, 2018
Acosta and other journalists decried the move on Twitter immediately.
“Don’t believe the lies coming from the WH. Believe in our freedoms. Thank you all for your support. We won’t back down. #1A.”
Don’t believe the lies coming from the WH. Believe in our freedoms. Thank you all for your support. We won’t back down. 🇺🇸 #1A
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) November 8, 2018
If Acosta had just handed over the microphone when asked, he would not have had his press pass revoked.
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