White House Suspends Jim Acosta's Press Credentials

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

Jim Acosta's White House press pass has been pulled-and once again, we have a meltdown.

President Donald Trump got personal with CNN reporter Jim Acosta on Wednesday, calling him a "terrible person" directly from the podium.

Acosta tweeted that this was "a lie".

Acosta took the president to task over the migrant caravan heading through Mexico towards the American border.

The decision followed a heated exchange between Acosta and President Donald Trump, in which - during a line of questioning - an intern attempted to take the journalist's microphone away.

Looking back at Acosta, Trump added: "The way you treat [press secretary] Sarah Huckabee is frightful, and the way you treat other people is awful".

Acosta asked Trump if he thought he had demonized immigrants in the closing days of his campaign, but Trump responded he wanted immigrants to come in legally as the two frequent sparring partners spoke over each other.

"I'm not a big fan of yours, either", Trump replied. From Acosta's rants to CNN saying this is a threat to democracy, you'd think that the Trump White House tossed a Walter Cronkite-like reporter out onto the street. "You run CNN, and if you did it well, your ratings would be higher", Trump said.

In a stinging put down of Acosta, he said: "I tell you what CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them. You're a very rude person". You and I disagree on this, ' Trump said. The way you treat Sarah Huckabee is disgusting, and the way you treat other people is terrible. However, as noted by Acosta and many others, the people travelling within the "caravan" are still hundreds of miles from the U.S. "You shouldn't treat people that way".

Mason, a Reuters correspondent, also came forward in defence of his CNN colleague.

"I don't know", he said. "He's a diligent reporter who busts his butt like the rest of us".

The video is below; the microphone grab is at the:18 mark.

"Just sit down", Trump said.

The CNN journalist at the White House on Wednesday engaged in a tense tug-of-war with Trump, who after answering several of his questions, said "That's enough".

"They are not only unsafe, they are disturbingly un-American", the network said.

Acosta, 47, regularly grills Sanders at press conferences where she defends Trump's most controversial policies.

But as Acosta pressed on and Alexander stood there, Trump turned back to the CNN reporter.

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