President Donald Trump's ongoing feud with Jim Acosta, CNN's chief White House correspondent, boiled over on Wednesday, with Trump verbally berating the journalist before the White House ultimately suspended his press access.
He took to Twitter saying: "I've just been denied entrance to the WH. Secret Service just informed me I can not enter the grounds for my 8 pm hit", Acosta tweeted Wednesday evening.
When an intern tried to take the mic from Acosta to let the next reporter ask a question, he continued needling the president, who finally called him a "rude, bad person". "This conduct is absolutely unacceptable", Sanders said.
"It is also completely disrespectful to the reporter's colleagues not to allow them an opportunity to ask a question", she said.
"I don't believe it", President Trump said.
He then berated Acosta for the way he questioned White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders in briefings. You are not my enemy.
"In an explanation, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders lied", the network said. "This unprecedented decision is a threat to our democracy and the country deserves better", CNN added. "Jim Acosta has our full support". Acosta is the reporter who was famously first called "fake news" by Trump.A true honor!
The president clashed with Acosta after a series of questions about the migrant caravan, but the conversation became personal in a hurry. Acosta called the claim a "lie".
To PBS NewsHour's Yamiche Alcindor, who asked him about white nationalists emboldened by Trump labeling himself a "nationalist", Trump said he was insulted.
Trump responded: "I'm not a big fan of yours either, to be honest".
"Do you think they were actors?"
Trump then becomes enraged - barking "that's enough" repeatedly and flat out refusing to answer the question on Russian Federation. "And if you did it well, your ratings would be much better". Trump said he's not. "I never thought that in this country I wouldn't be able to cover the president of the United States just for asking a question", he said. "Put down the mic".
'CNN should be ashamed of itself having you work for them. "You are are a rude, bad person". Acosta refused. Trump backed away from his podium and briefly paced the stage. The way you treat Sarah Huckabee is disgusting, and the way you treat other people are frightful. However, as noted by Acosta and many others, the people travelling within the "caravan" are still hundreds of miles from the U.S. "You should not treat people that way".
Acosta persisted, saying: "They are hundreds of miles away".