In the aftermath of a tense press conference, Sarah Sanders declared that CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta’s press credentials were on suspension.
CNN stood behind Acosta as he responded to the statements, calling Sanders a liar.
In response Sanders reiterated:
“The question is: did the reporter make contact or not? The video is clear, he did. We stand by our statement.”
The contact Sanders mentions occurred while Acosta repeatedly asked questions of Trump and then refused to relinquish the microphone to a White House intern.
Sanders blasts the interaction as “absolutely unacceptable” and “completely disrespectful.”
She then tweeted, “As a result of today’s incident, the White House is suspending the hard pass of the reporter involved until further notice.”
Sanders tweeted with video, “We stand by our decision to revoke this individual’s hard pass. We will not tolerate the inappropriate behavior clearly documented in this video.”
Sander’s video show the White House intern attempting to take the mic and Acosta’s arm seemingly chopping down to resist her attempt.
Matt Dornic, executive at CNN, called the video “absolutely shameful.”
“You released a doctored video – actual fake news,” he continued. “History will not be kind to you.”
Correspondent for the New York Times, Maggie Haberman, also condemned the video as “manipulated”.
“Yes, the White House press office is sharing a manipulated video that makes it appear that Acosta was menacing the intern when he was not and did not,” Haberman wrote. “The intern reached over Acosta to grab the microphone while he was trying to ask another q and Acosta tried to pull away.”
In any case what is true is that Acosta’s credentials are suspended and Sanders is not backing down.