The confrontation between US President Donald Trump and CNN correspondent Jim Acosta has escalated with the journalist being banned from the White House.
Acosta’s press pass which he uses to gain access to the White House was suspended today, hours after a confrontation with Trump.
Acosta, the chief White House correspondent for CNN, says he was stopped by the Secret Service when he tried to re-enter the White House.
He tweeted: “I’ve just been denied entrance to the WH. Secret Service just informed me I cannot enter the WH grounds for my 8pm hit.”
Press secretary Sarah Sanders says the reporter’s access was suspended because he put “his hands on a young woman”.
Sanders tweeted that the White House would “never tolerate a reporter placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job”.
“As a result of today’s incident, the White House is suspending the hard pass of the reporter involved until further notice.”
Costa was called a “rude, terrible person” by Trump at the press conference when he questioned the president.
A staff member tried to take away his microphone during the back and forth.
They began sparring after Acosta asked Trump about the caravan of migrants heading from Latin America to the southern US border. When Acosta tried to follow up with another question, Trump said, “That’s enough!” and a White House aide unsuccessfully tried to grab the microphone from Acosta.