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White House Revokes CNN Reporter's Press Pass After Clash With Trump

'CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them,' Trump told Jim Acosta after he asked the president about the way he portrays the migrant caravan approaching the U.S.

A White House staff member reaches for the microphone held by CNN's Jim Acosta as he questions U.S. President Donald Trump during a news conference in Washington, U.S., November 7, 2018
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In a heated moment during U.S. President Donald Trump’s post-election press conference, the president attacked CNN journalist Jim Acosta for asking about recent comments the former made about illegal immigration, as well as a controversial campaign video - the president’s closing message during the campaign.

Acosta asked Trump if he thought he had “demonized” migrants by calling the group an “invasion.”

"CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them," Trump said. "You are a rude, terrible person. You shouldn't be working for CNN."

Exchange between President Trump and CNN's Jim Acosta (C-SPAN)

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Trump also accused Acosta of treating Press Secretary Sarah Sanders in a way that was "awful."

The president then moved to address the next questioner, NBC News White House correspondent Peter Alexander, who defended Acosta.

"In Jim's defense, I've traveled with him and watched him, he's a diligent reporter who busts his butt like the rest of us," Alexander said.

"Well I'm not a big fan of yours either," Trump said.

In a statement, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders called Acosta's behavior "absolutely unacceptable" and said his White House press pass would be suspended "until further notice." 

Sanders accused Acosta of "placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern" and of preventing other reporters from asking questions at the news conference.

Acosta said in a tweet late on Wednesday he had been denied entry into the White House by the Secret Service. He called the White House accusations "a lie."