CNN's Jim Acosta is BANNED from the White House

Acosta got into heated shouting match with Trump at White House press conference earlier Wednesday.

CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta has been denied access to the White House after getting into a heated shouting match with President Donald Trump and grabbing a mic away from an aide at a press conference.

A Secret Service agent denied Acosta entry to the White House grounds on Wednesday evening, and revoked his 'hard pass', the long-term press pass issued to the White House press corps.

'I’ve just been denied entrance to the WH. Secret Service just informed me I cannot enter the WH grounds for my 8pm hit,' Acosta wrote in a tweet at 7.46pm.

Minutes later, the CNN journalist posted a cell phone video of a Secret Service agent asking him to hand over his press pass and removing it from his lanyard.

Acosta got into a heated verbal back-and-forth at the White House earlier on Wednesday that resulted in the president telling the reporter to 'sit down' as the journalist wrestled with a female aide to keep her from passing the mic to another aides wrestling with the reporter to try and get the mic out of his hands.

'CNN should be ashamed of itself having you work for them. You are a rude terrible person. You shouldn't be working for CNN,' the president said to Acosta.

'When you report fake news, which CNN does a lot, you are the enemy of the people,' he told him.

The shocking exchange came as Acosta was asking the president about the migrant caravan.

Trump and Acosta have long have a contentious relationship as the CNN reporter often asks the president questions that seemed designed to illicit a reaction from him.

Acosta, speaking on CNN after the exchange, said he thought the president was defensive because he lost in Tuesday's election.
CNN's Jim Acosta is BANNED from the White House

'He sounded, I thought, very depressed, very despondent, almost defeated in the way he was talking about these election results. I think that's probably why you saw things spiral out of control. We're not used to -- the president is not used to seeing himself lose and he lost big,' Acosta said.

He then addressed Trump calling CNN 'fake news' and an 'enemy of the people': 'I think the American people know we're friends of the American people, we're going to defend the American people and we're going to stand up for our rights to seek the truth in this country, and the president can call us all the names in the world but we're going to keep doing our jobs.'

The president snapped at other reporters in the room on Wednesday and told them to sit down, including Urban Radio's April Ryan, not letting her ask a question.

'Sit down please. Sit down. I didn't call on you. I didn't call on you,' Trump said when Ryan tried to get in a question.

'Excuse me I'm not responding to you. I'm talking to his gentleman. Would you please sit down,' he said after calling on Daily Caller correspondent Saagar Enjeti with Ryan attempting to ask a question instead.

And when Ryan attempted to keep asking, the president said: 'It's such a hostile media. It's so sad.'

'You rudely interrupted him,' Trump told Ryan. 

CNN's Jim Acosta is BANNED from the White House

Trump also accused Yamiche Alcindor, an African-American White House correspondent for PBS' 'NewsHour' of asking a 'racist' question.

'That's a racist question,' he told her when she asked him about calling himself a nationalist and if he was concerned people saw him as a white nationalist. 'To say that what you said is so insulting to me.'

'I'm simply asking the questions the public wants to know,' Alcindor tweeted later.

But Wednesday's exchange with Acosta was startling in its vitriol.

CNN defended Acosta in a statement.

'This President's ongoing attacks on the press have gone too far. They are not only dangerous, they are disturbingly un-American. While President Trump has made it clear he does not respect a free press, he has a sworn obligation to protect it. A free press is vital to democracy and we stand behind Jim Acosta and his fellow journalists everywhere,' the network said.

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