Will CNN’s Acosta Regain Press Credentials After Tense Exchange With President Trump?

Kim MacCormack

Friday, November 9, 2018 11:46 AM UTC

Friday, Nov. 9, 2018 11:46 AM UTC

A CNN reporter is outside the White House looking in after losing his press credentials following a tense news conference and rebuke from the president.

Following a testy back-and-forth at a post-election news conference with President Trump, CNN reporter Jim’s Acosta’s press credentials were suspended this week by the White House.

The revocation of Acosta’s credentials is believed to be unprecedented. It’s also prompted a prop bet on Bovada, regarding when his credentials might be restored.

The 90-minute news conference began with President Trump touting GOP wins on Tuesday, including adding seats in the Senate. Trump took questions after calling the midterms “very close to a complete victory.”

The clash with CNN’s Acosta, who has frequently been the target of criticism from the president, was just one of several tense exchanges with reporters Wednesday.

The Acosta incident when he attempted to ask a follow-up question about Russian interference into the 2016 election.

“That’s enough,” Trump said several times.

As a White House intern reached to take the mic from Acosta, his arm brushes hers arm, remarking “Pardon me, ma’am.”

After relinquishing the mic, the president told Acosta: “CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them. You are a rude, terrible person. You shouldn’t be working for CNN. You’re a very rude person. The way you treat Sarah Huckabee is horrible. And the way you treat other people are horrible. You shouldn’t treat people that way.”

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President Trump to Jim @Acosta: \"You should let me run the country. You run CNN.\"

\"That's enough. Put down the mic. CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them. You are a rude terrible person.\" pic.twitter.com/GR9TIbKUok

— CSPAN (@cspan) November 7, 2018

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders citing the incident as grounds for suspending his press credentials.

“President Trump believes in a free press and expects and welcomes tough questions of him and his Administration,” Sanders said in a statement. “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. This conduct is absolutely unacceptable. It is also completely disrespectful to the reporter’s colleagues not to allow them an opportunity to ask a question.”

Acosta countered Sanders’ account on Twitter saying “This is a lie.”

The credential revocation was “out of line to the purported offense,” according to the White House Correspondents' Association, which called for restoration of Acosta’s access.

As of today, Acosta is still on the outside looking in. Bovada is offering odds on when the CNN reporter might get his press credentials back.

Bovada asks: “Will Jim Acosta get his White house press pass back before 2019? Odds are +150 Yes, -200 No.

We wish we could say yes to Acosta being back in the press room sooner rather than later, but we think he's lost his spot on Pebble Beach for a while and should become accustomed to doing his stand-ups from Lafayette Park.


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