Sarah Sanders on Jim Acosta Ban: ‘We Stand by Our Statement’

Pauline Gross
November 9, 2018

Trump became frustrated with Acosta's antics.

The White House is accused of using a video of CNN's Jim Acosta doctored by the conspiracy-theory outlet Infowars as justification for suspending the journalist's press pass on Wednesday. "This conduct is absolutely unacceptable".

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Sanders alleged that Acosta "placed his hands" on a White House intern during a testy exchange with President Donald Trump. "The way you treat Sarah Huckabee is frightful", he said, referring to his press secretary. "They are not only risky, they are disturbingly un-American", the network said, voicing its support for Acosta and "journalists everywhere".

The White House doesn't want us to believe what we're seeing, so they're showing us things that are unbelievable.

Several journalists and organizations - including the American Society of News Editors, the Associated Press Media Editors and the Online News Association - demanded Acosta's press pass be reinstated.

In a later tweet, Sanders said the White House stood by its decision. Sanders tweeted out a video of the incident.

It was the latest in a long history of fiery run-ins between the mercurial Republican leader and Acosta.

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"Jim Acosta strikes me as a showboat who would like to attention more than he'd like to get answers to questions", Wallace said. "It's so sad", Trump said. He harkened back to his time covering the Ronald Reagan administration, saying he was aggressive at times but never acted the way Acosta did. "That is not an invasion". But the president used rhetoric and his bully pulpit to try to make a point. "Surely you don't trust InfoWars.?" he said on Twitter. Acosta refused. Trump backed away from his podium and briefly paced the stage. Following a lengthy back-and-forth, a White House intern tried to take the microphone from Acosta, who held onto it. "Pardon me, ma'am", Acosta said in the original video, though the audio was stripped from the edited version.

'That's enough, Put down the mike, ' Trump told him.

"I think he embarrassed himself", he said. "You shouldn't be working for CNN", he said.

"There is only one enemy of the people and he sits in the Oval Office", director Rob Reiner said, in reference to the Trump telling Acosta Wednesday that CNN is the "enemy of the people". "You run CNN and if you did it well, your ratings would be much better".

The president then turned to NBC News' Peter Alexander, who tried to defend Acosta.

"I'm not a big fan of yours, either", Trump replied. "What do you say to that?"

"The most risky type of fake news and reporting and evidence is when you get into the fine details, the nuanced things that are shaped to present a certain viewpoint or decision or news a certain way", he said.

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