White House bars CNN reporter after heated Trump exchange

A White House staff member reaches for the microphone held by CNN's Jim Acosta as he questions US President Donald Trump

A White House staff member reaches for the microphone held by CNN's Jim Acosta as he questions US President Donald Trump

President Donald Trump clashed with CNN journalist Jim Acosta during a news conference in the East Room of the White House.

To make matters worse, Sarah Sanders lied - and circulated a misleadingly edited video to back herself up - when she claimed later that Acosta was being punished for "placing his hands on a young woman".

Following a lengthy and tense verbal back-and-forth, in which Trump at one point started to stray from his lectern and he called Acosta "a rude, awful person", a female White House intern tried to take the microphone from Acosta.

Their arms momentarily come together as the woman tries to take the microphone off him.

But not satisfied with his response, Acosta attempted to ask another question about the investigation into Trump's alleged links with Russian Federation.

InfoWars denied the video had been "doctored" or "sped up", saying it was just "zoomed in".

Sanders shared the video late Wednesday night in an attempt to justify the White House's decision to revoke CNN reporter Jim Acosta's press credentials after he sparred with Trump.

This is clearly inappropriate and unprecedented punishment by the Trump administration for what it perceives as unfair coverage by the reporter, and White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders' false description of the events leading up to it is insulting not only to the nation's journalists, but to its people.

But the White House maintains that Mr Acosta was in the wrong, with Ms Sanders tweeting that his actions were "absolutely unacceptable".

Acosta was stopped by the Secret Service from entering the White House at about 7 pm.

One of the things Acosta was trying to ask Trump after the microphone had been taken away from him, was about the explosive devices that were recently sent to CNN and some of the president's political opponents.

In a stinging put down of Acosta, he said: "I tell you what CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them". The White House has accused him of provoking confrontations, and he, in turn, has become a favorite target of insults lobbed by Trump's supporters, particularly during the president's raucous rallies.

But far, far worse is letting a bullying White House get away with retaliating against the press and then lying about it.

"It is also completely disrespectful to the reporter's colleagues not to allow them an opportunity to ask a question", she said.

"They are not only unsafe, they are disturbingly un-American", the network said, voicing its support for Acosta and "journalists everywhere". After Acosta finally gives the mic up, Trump chose to attack him personally. "Honestly, I know you have it written down, that's a racist question". You shouldn't be working for CNN, ' the president said to Acosta.

"They are not only unsafe, they are disturbingly un-American", CNN said.

Many of the Trump administration's claims about this caravan have been proven false, and CNN has been the driving force in calling out these lies.

At a combative, lengthy news conference Wednesday, U.S. President Donald Trump congratulated himself for achieving what he termed a "tremendous success" in the previous day's midterm elections.