The White House is saying “bye, bye, bye” to CNN’s Jim Acosta as they have officially revoked his press credentials.
Acosta is no longer permitted to enter events or press conferences and report official statements of the administration or ask questions of White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
The decision to revoke his credentials followed an incident where Acosta physically resisted a White House intern, who was a woman.
Following the physical exchange, Secret Service reportedly confiscated Acosta’s press credentials and escorted him out of the building.
Sanders announced the decision and the justification in a series of tweets where she said “placing his hands on a young woman” would never be tolerated. She also called the action “absolutely unacceptable.”
“President Trump believes in a free press and expects and welcomes tough questions of him and his Administration. We will, however, never tolerate a reporter placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern,” Sanders tweeted. “This conduct is absolutely unacceptable.”
“It is also completely disrespectful to the reporter’s colleagues not to allow them an opportunity to ask a question,” the press secretary continued. “President Trump has given the press more access than any President in history.”
Check it out:
Acosta and CNN’s public relations team rejected Sanders’ account and denied the incident ever occurred. To which, Sanders replied: “Contrary to CNN’s assertions there is no greater demonstration of the President’s support for a free press than the event he held today. Only they would attack the President for not supporting a free press in the midst of him taking 68 questions from 35 different reporters.”
As a result, Acosta’s press pass was revoked until further notice.
That’s the story the White House is telling, though Acosta denies ever touching the intern. He and CNN’s public relations team both attested to his innocence and tweeted a video showing what happened.
And, from CNN PR:
Acosta maintains his innocence although the video appears to show him resisting the intern’s attempt to retrieve the microphone:
We stand by our decision to revoke this individual’s hard pass. We will not tolerate the inappropriate behavior clearly documented in this video. pic.twitter.com/T8X1Ng912y
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) November 8, 2018
The evidence is fairly stacked against Acosta and people online seemed to overwhelmingly back the White House’s decision.