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White House bans CNN reporter after confrontation with Trump

After sparring with Trump on live TV, CNN reporter loses access to White House

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As President Donald Trump points to CNN's Jim Acosta, a White House aide takes the microphone from him during a news conference in the East Room of the White House, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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By DAVID BAUDER
AP Media Writer

Thursday, November 8, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) — The White House Correspondents’ Association is calling on the White House to reverse its decision to strip CNN reporter Jim Acosta of his press pass following a heated confrontation with President Donald Trump at a news conference.

The correspondents’ association says the government-issued security credential is being used as a tool to punish a reporter. Acosta’s network says the action is “retaliation” for challenging questions.

Trump’s press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, accused Acosta of placing his hands on the White House intern who tried to take away the microphone as Acosta spoke. Acosta and CNN say that’s untrue.

Trump and Acosta began sparring Wednesday after Acosta asked about the migrant caravan heading to the southern U.S. border. When Acosta tried to follow up with another question, Trump said, “That’s enough!”

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