‘His behavior is what you expect from an activist, not a journalist…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) criticized the White House for revoking the press pass of CNN reporter Jim Acosta, even though Acosta acted like a “activist” during a heated exchange with President Donald Trump.
I don’t think they should revoke his WH pass. Revoking press access for being rude is a very slippery slope.
But the WH pass is to cover the news, not make yourself the news. This tweet & his behavior is what you expect from an activist, not a journalist. https://t.co/QyzYyG9aqc
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) November 8, 2018
Trump and Acosta got into a verbal altercation on Wednesday during the White House’s press conference.
Acosta asked Trump about the approaching caravan and whether he still considered it an “invasion.”
After Trump answered his question, Acosta refused to give up the microphone and belligerently continued to ask the president questions.
“CNN should be ashamed of themselves, having you working for them,” Trump said to Acosta. “You are a rude, terrible person.”
The White House suspended Acosta’s press pass shortly after, saying Acosta got physical with a young female intern when she tried to take the microphone.
We stand by our decision to revoke this individual’s hard pass. We will not tolerate the inappropriate behavior clearly documented in this video. pic.twitter.com/T8X1Ng912y
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) November 8, 2018
“President Trump believes in a free press and expects and welcomes tough questions of him and his Administration,” press secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted. “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.”
CNN said in a statement that Acosta “has our full support” and accused Sanders of lying about the altercation.
“She provided fraudulent accusations and cited an incident that never happened,” CNN said. “This unprecedented decision is a threat to our democracy and the country deserves better.”