President Beefs with Reporters and Then Bans Jim Acosta from White House
The White House has suspended the press pass of CNN’s Jim Acosta after he and Donald Trump had a heated confrontation during a news conference. Acosta asked Trump about the caravan of migrants heading from Latin America to the southern U.S. border. "As you know, Mr. President, the caravan is not an invasion," Acosta said. "It's a group of migrants moving up from Central America towards the border with the US --" Trump, sarcastically, replied, "Thank you for telling me that, I appreciate it." Acosta: "Why did you characterize it as such?" Trump: "Because I consider it an invasion. You and I have a difference of opinion." After a few moments of back and forth, a visibly frustrated Trump said, "You know what? I think you should let me run the country. You run CNN. And if you did it well, your ratings would be much better." When Acosta tried to follow up with another question, Trump said, "That's enough!" and a female White House aide unsuccessfully tried to grab the microphone from Acosta. Attempting to call on another reporter, Trump pointed at Acosta and said, "You are a rude, terrible person. You shouldn't be working for CNN." He concluded the attack by saying, "You are a very rude person, the way that you treat Sarah Huckabee Sanders is horrible. The way that you treat other people are horrible. You shouldn't treat people that way." White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders shared a doctored video of Acosta from the far-right outlet Infowars. She used footage from the event to justify revoking Acosta's press pass. She said on Twitter that the White House would "never tolerate a reporter placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern." The entire press conference can only be described as very bizarre. The president snapped at the White House press corps and made a number of baseless claims about political polling. The president called PBS NewsHour's Yamiche Alcindor "racist" when she asked him about declaring himself a "nationalist." She asked, "On the campaign trail you called yourself a nationalist. Some people saw that as emboldening white nationalists. There are some people that say that now the Republican Party is seen as supporting white nationalism because of your rhetoric. What do you make of that?" Trump responded, "That's such a racist question... Honestly, I mean, I know you have it written down... it's a racist question. You know what the word is? I love our country. I do." By the way, Patrick Casey -- the leader of white supremacist group Identity Evropa -- visited the White House on Wednesday, claiming on Twitter that he stopped by in order to "pay [his] respects." His group participated in the deadly 2017 white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, VA. April Ryan attempted to ask about voter suppression and was told to “sit down.” Watch the entire press conference here.