I’ve just been denied entrance to the WH. Secret Service just informed me I cannot enter the WH grounds for my 8pm hit— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) November 8, 2018
Acosta: But let me ask, if I — if I may ask one other question —President Trump: Okay, that’s enough.Acosta: Mr. President, if I may — if I may ask one other question.Trump: Okay, Peter, go ahead.Acosta: Are you worried —Trump: That’s enough. That’s enough. That’s enough.Acosta: Mr. President, I didn’t — well, I was going to ask one other. The other folks that had —Trump: That’s enough. That’s enough.Acosta: Pardon me, ma’am, I’m — Mr. President . . .
I was seated next to @Acosta at today’s press conference and did not witness him “placing his hands” on the young intern, as the White House alleges. He held on to the microphone as she reached for it. The @Reuters pictures below depict what happened accurately. pic.twitter.com/nO68Hf4eQM— Jeff Mason (@jeffmason1) November 8, 2018
President Trump believes in a free press and expects and welcomes tough questions of him and his Administration. 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. President Trump has given the press more access than any President in history. Contrary to CNN’s assertions, there is no greater demonstration of the President’s support for a free press than the event he held today. Only they would attack the President for not being supportive of a free press in the midst of him taking 68 questions from 35 different reporters over the course of an hour and a half — including several from the reporter in question. The fact that CNN is proud of the way their employee behaved is not only disgusting, it is an example of their outrageous disregard for everyone, including young women, who work in this Administration. As a result of today’s incident, the White House is suspending the hard pass of the reporter involved until further notice.
In the early years after the [White House Correspondents’ Association] was founded [in 1914], it was the correspondents themselves who determined credentials to attend presidential press conferences. They often denied access to business publications and to individuals they did not think worked for legitimate publications. That is not comparable to today’s situation. In 1937, [President Franklin Roosevelt] drew very annoyed at questions from a reporter about whether he would run for third term. He didn’t ban him but he insulted him and told him to sit in the corner wearing a dunce cap. (Hard to find a corner in the Oval Office, though.) In 1942, he was furious at columns by John O’Donnell and gave a Nazi Iron Cross to another reporter and asked him to give it to O’Donnell. But he never banned him.Since then, there have been several presidents angry at reporters. But I don’t know of anything comparable to this.