CNN on Wednesday night slammed the White House for pulling the press credentials for its Chief White House Correspondent, Jim Acosta, accusing White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders of making “fraudulent accusations.”
The statement from the news network came just moments after the Trump administration announced that it had suspended Acosta’s press credentials, claiming that Acosta became physical with a young female intern during his exchange with President Trump.
Sanders cited Acosta’s refusal to hand a microphone to a young staffer who tried to take it from him as he asked a question of the president. She claimed that Acosta’s conduct was unacceptable.
“Press Secretary Sarah Sanders lied,” CNN said in a statement. “She provided fraudulent accusations and cited an incident that never happened. This unprecedented decision is a threat to our democracy and the country deserves better. Jim Acosta has our full support.”
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) 8 November 2018
Trump held a news conference on Wednesday to discuss Tuesday’s midterm elections, among other things. During a question and answer period, the president became visibly frustrated with Acosta’s questioning about a migrant caravan.
“OK, that’s enough,” Trump interrupted, as Acosta attempted to ask another question.