White House suspends credentials for CNN's Jim Acosta

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His exchanges with CNN's Acosta and another reporter for the NBC network turned bitterly personal, unusual even for the adversarial nature of presidential press conferences.

Trump wanted to move onto another reporter, but Acosta wouldn't give up the microphone when an aide sought to tug it away from him.

"She was just doing her job, which was to reclaim the microphone that belongs to the federal government, and hand it to the next reporter", Conway said during an appearance on Fox News this morning.

On that issue, Coway said "there are journalists here at the White House who every single day try to do their job by getting the story, others try to get the president".

CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta's press credentials has been suspended "until further notice", White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement on Wednesday evening.

Acosta persisted, saying: "They are hundreds of miles away".

'I think you should let me run the country and you run CNN, ' he snapped.

Reporters from CNN, Newsweek, the Washington Post and other outlets traced the origins of the edited video and said it was first posted by a commentator associated with Alex Jones' right-wing conspiracy site, InfoWars. You are a rude awful person.

Trump and Acosta have long have a contentious relationship as the CNN reporter often asks the president questions that seemed created to illicit a reaction from him. He added, "I didn't put my hands on her or touch her, as the White House is alleging. This conduct is absolutely unacceptable", she said.

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CNN said in a statement after the exchange that "this president's ongoing attacks on the press have gone too far".

Jim Acosta tweeted, describing Sanders' allegation as a lie.

When the female aide came over and tried to take the mic, Acosta blocked her arm with his in an aggressive manner.

Sanders said Trump believes in a free press and expects and welcomes tough questions of him and his Administration.

"A free press is vital to democracy, and we stand behind Jim Acosta and his fellow journalists everywhere", the statement said.

Acosta was stopped by the Secret Service from entering the White House at about 7 pm. "So yeah, it's been on that thing for a while".

He repeated that Acosta was a "very rude person", adding, "the way you treat Sarah Huckabee is disgusting", referring to his White House press secretary.

'You are a very rude person, ' Trump told him.