Trump slams CNN's Jim Acosta in explosive press briefing

Trump blows up at Jim Acosta

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Elisabeth Bumiller, the Washington bureau chief of The Times, Â said, "The president should not pick and choose who covers him, and he should certainly not force out a representative of one of the country's leading news organizations".

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"Well, when you report fake news - no, when you report fake news, which CNN does a lot - you are the enemy of the people", a fuming Trump said before wandering away from the podium again.

CNN correspondent Jim Acosta was denied entry to the White House on Wednesday evening following a heated row with President Donald Trump, who called him a "rude, awful person" during a press conference.

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Many outlets expressed concern at the fact that a White House staffer attempted to take the microphone away from Acosta, who wouldn't stop talking even though he received answers to two different questions. The newspaper said that if Sanders was so offended by physical contact, "what did she have to say when her boss praised as "my kind of guy" Rep. Greg Gianforte of Montana, who was sentenced to anger management classes and community service for body-slamming a Guardian reporter last spring?"

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Mr. Acosta's actions toward the woman were unacceptable, justifying the revocation by sharing a video of the moment. "She provided fraudulent accusations and cited an incident that never happened", CNN said. "We stand by our statement", Sanders said in a statement. "This unprecedented decision is a threat to our democracy and the country deserves better", CNN added. "We will not tolerate the inappropriate behaviour clearly documented in this video", Sanders said, posting a video of the CNN reporter allegedly placing his hand on a young woman.

The White House doesn't want us to believe what we're seeing, so they're showing us things that are unbelievable.

The CNN media correspondent Brian Stelter asked Sanders for the source of the video.

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Eventually NBC reporter Peter Alexander took the microphone and defended his fellow reporter, despite him being from a separate network, calling him a "diligent reporter" - which only proved to anger Trump more.

After the exchange, CNN, through its public relations department's Twitter feed, said Trump's attacks on the press have gone too far. "Distract, make Jim Acosta the story and you don't have to talk about global warming, taxes for rich people", she added.

President Trump: "I don't know why you'd say that". You are a rude awful person.

Several journalists and organizations - including the American Society of News Editors, the Associated Press Media Editors and the Online News Association - demanded Acosta's press pass be reinstated. A number of reporters seated near Acosta during the exchange, including Jeff Mason of Reuters, contradicted the White House's version of events. "I will not let you down".

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The video shows most of the incident at normal speed, but just as Acosta is gesturing with his left arm and the intern reaches under to grab the mic, it speeds up.

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