Sarah Sanders Stands by Statement on Suspending Acosta’s Credentials Amid ‘Doctored’ Video Accusations

After a heated press conference on Wednesday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced that CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta’s press credentials had been suspended.

Acosta and his network responded to Sanders’ statements, calling her a liar. Now, the press secretary is doubling down on the call to suspend.

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In a White House press release, Sanders reiterated:

“The question is: did the reporter make contact or not? The video is clear, he did. We stand by our statement.”

On the topic of making contact, Sanders is referring to when Acosta repeatedly asked President Donald Trump questions and refused to hand over the microphone to a White House intern so that another reporter could ask a question.

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“Honestly, I think you should let me run the country and you run CNN,” Trump said during the exchange.

Watch the video below:

Sanders rebukes Acosta’s behavior

Later that same day, Sanders made it clear that the exchange was “absolutely unacceptable” and “completely disrespectful.”

“As a result of today’s incident, the White House is suspending the hard pass of the reporter involved until further notice,” she tweeted.

Acosta responded to Sanders’ tweet, calling it a “lie.”

CNN mirrored Acosta’s reaction by also claiming Sanders “lied”:

Sanders blasted for “doctored” video

“We stand by our decision to revoke this individual’s hard pass,” Sanders tweeted along with a video. “We will not tolerate the inappropriate behavior clearly documented in this video.”

The video, which Sanders posted, shows the White House intern reaching for the microphone and Acosta’s arm seemingly chopping down to resist her attempt.

CNN executive Matt Dornic called Sanders’ video “absolutely shameful.”

“You released a doctored video – actual fake news,” he continued. “History will not be kind to you.”

New York Times White House correspondent Maggie Haberman also claimed the video was “manipulated.”

“Yes, the White House press office is sharing a manipulated video that makes it appear that Acosta was menacing the intern when he was not and did not,” Haberman wrote. “The intern reached over Acosta to grab the microphone while he was trying to ask another q and Acosta tried to pull away.”

However, Acosta currently has his credentials suspended, and Sanders is not backing off her stance.


  1. Are seats assigned at these press conferences? How is it that Acosta is ALWAYS in the front?

  2. I was watching the conference and he did try to push her arm away. I support the White House in taking his pass away, I don’t think Acosta should ever get his pass back

  3. a press conference has rules. One of those rules being that you are allowed a question, and once it is answere you relinquish the microphone to someone else. Clearly Acosta did not do this, and an intern was trying to do her job which was to pass the microphone to someone else… Then Acosta blatantly knocked her arm away from grabbing the microphone. This is both assault, and a clear breach of the rules of a press conference.

    1. The WH reporters are allowed to ask follow-up questions and the other reporters wait patiently for their turn. Nothing unusual there.

  4. This is a waste of time. The WH controls who has access. Period. If Acosta and CNN don’t like it, then maybe they need to change.

    The press does NOT run the country, despite their pretensions.

  5. CNN needs to clean up it’s act. Ted Koppel correctly stated that CNN’s ratings would be in the toilet without Trump. They are circling the bowl.
    Let’s be clear: the MSM does NOT dictate who gets into the WH. Things called the SS and the president do. This completely illustrates how self-important they act. Civilization existed before journalism.

    Acosta is an asshole, hogging the mike, overriding other journalists, pushing his narrative, and manhandling an intern.

  6. It’s pretty hard to “manipulate” a video that was seen by millions on live TV. The intern should file charges against Acosta for assault. at any rate, Acosta should never be allowed in the White House again and neither should CNN.

  7. Clearly he made contact with her arm… he is going on TV saying he didn’t. Clearly, he does not know the error of his way and to this point should not be allowed back onto the WH grounds.

  8. Plus he was already told that his time was up, his question had been answered. Like the little spoiled dimwit he is, He thinks he should be able to ask four or five questions, he does it all the time. Disrespectful of his peers as well.

  9. I watched it live, He pulled the mic back and pushed her hand away. Period.

  10. The video linked above is doctored. You can find the undoctored version and see that Acosta did nothing wrong except continue to try to get his questions answered, which clearly annoyed Trump because he is a demagogue who thinks no one should question him.

    1. InfoWars produced the doctored video and then Sanders linked it. Make sure that you watch the original version only.

      1. Every video shows the same thing. His hand and forearm come down, as does the interns arm where he makes contact. You can see her arm bend at the elbow at contact. The only way he didn’t cause that would be if she bent her arm at the elbow, pushed up, locking his arm with the bend at her elbow, and pulling his arm down. That would be one magic elbow. Give it up.

  11. To imply Jim Acosta purposefully placed his hands on the intern is a stretch. I also didn’t think his questions were all that outrageous.

    However, I think CNN would have been better off just putting Acosta somewhere else before this. Now there isn’t a choice. Be annoyed, find someone who is able to get answers while NOT pissing off the president, and then move on with life.

    1. ..yet he did place his hands upon her. By his behavior Acosta is an asshole and unprofessional.

      If CNN wants a presence in the WH they should carefully consider his replacement. Access IS a privilege decided by the WH, not the news orgs.

    2. Acosta has been called out by other journalists for hogging the questions, speaking over others, and discourteous and thoroughly unprofessional behavior. He also injects his opinions, a no-no for professional journalists.

      He DID place his hands on her, intentional (likely) or not. That’s a bad thing for many reasons.

      He’s a spoiled man-child and CNN would be better served by a professional as you say.

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