The White House suspended CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s press credentials by falsely accusing him of “placing his hands on a young woman” (more video below).
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders made the false claim — which first appeared on right wing websites — as an excuse to ban Acosta who debunked Trump’s wild lies about the migrant caravan:
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…
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) November 8, 2018
In response, Acosta called out Sanders’ lie:
This is a lie. https://t.co/FastFfWych
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) November 8, 2018
Sarah Burris of RawStory.com noted that it was the intern who touched Acosta:
— Sarah Burris (@SarahBurris) November 8, 2018
Acosta told CNN host Anderson Cooper that Trump is trying to shut down the press (video below):
It’s a test for all of us. They are trying to shut us down.