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

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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.

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Joe Bonfiglio
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Joe Bonfiglio

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

Allan Woodfall
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Allan Woodfall

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

James Mata
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James Mata

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… Read more »

Rocky Drummond
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Rocky Drummond

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

Screwtape
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Screwtape

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.

Screwtape
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Screwtape

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. tTT Let’s be clear: the MSM does NOT dictate who gets into the WH. Things called the SS and the president do. This completely… Read more »

Steve Brandon
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Steve Brandon

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.

Tony Gulledge
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Tony Gulledge

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.

Steve Stefanick
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Steve Stefanick

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.

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