Get the facts straight: Jim Acosta

CNN reporter suspended from White House entry

On November 7, CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s White House press pass was suspended due to an exchange between himself and President Donald Trump at a press briefing. After the event, Acosta has since posted on Twitter both a video showing his denial of entry, and a short informal response.


What happened?

After his post-midterms speech, president Donald Trump held a brief session answering a number of questions. When CNN reporter Jim Acosta was given the microphone, he had challenged the president’s view on the migrant caravan approaching from Central America.

After answering his question, and a few follow-ups, Trump asked Acosta to sit down. “Honestly, I think you should let me run the country and you run CNN,” Trump said.

When a White House intern attempted to take the microphone from him, Acosta refused to yield his time, pushing the intern away in a move that has resulted in his subsequent suspension.

To this, the president responded by condemning Acosta and CNN as a whole before he moved on to the next reporter, calling Acosta “a rude, terrible person.”


What’s the background?

First, it’s important to understand the background on the Caravan itself. Beginning in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, The Migrant Caravan is now composed of thousands of refugees from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador who say they are running from persecution, violence, and poverty. They are on the path toward the United States border, and this approach is what Trump referenced in his speech.


Who is Jim Acosta?

Acosta is the chief White House correspondent for CNN and has previously worked as the national political correspondent for CNN. As you may have guessed, this isn’t the first time he’s clashed with Trump.

Aside from Trump’s general distaste for the CNN network as a whole, he has personally had previous verbal altercations with Acosta before now.


Now What?

Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has claimed that access was revoked because he had put “his hands on a young woman”, in reference to his interaction with the White House intern. Acosta has since responded, stating that the claims are hyperbolic.

Sanders released a video of the incident that has since been reviewed by numerous specialists and is said to have been sped up and altered.

The White House has reported that it does not tolerate his behavior and that until further notice his entry pass will be suspended.

CNN has officially filed a lawsuit against President Trump in an attempt to restore Jim Acosta’s entry access to the White House, to be heard later today.

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