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CNN national security and legal analyst Susan Hennessey is calling on White House press corp members to boycott future briefings after Jim Acosta, the network’s chief White House correspondent, had his press credentials revoked Wednesday evening. The suspension comes after a heated confrontation earlier between President Donald Trump and Acosta during a news conference.

Reacting to reports of Acosta’s credentials being revoked, a furious Hennessey tweeted: “This is a disgraceful and unacceptable attack on a free and independent press. The rest of the White House Press Corp should stand with their colleague @Acosta and refused to participate in any briefing until this appalling decision is reversed.”

The sparring between the pair occurred after Acosta asked President Trump about the caravan of migrants heading from Latin America to the southern U.S. border. When Acosta attempted to pose a followup question, President Trump said, “That’s enough” and a White House aide unsuccessfully tried to remove the microphone from Acosta’s hand.

“Honestly, I think you should let me run the country, you run CNN, and if you did it well, your ratings would be much better. Okay, that’s enough,” the president told Acosta after a brief exchange regarding the caravan.

Acosta, still refusing to allow other reporters to pose questions, then asked the president for his thoughts on special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe.

“I will tell you what, CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them–you are a rude, terrible person, you shouldn’t be working for CNN,” President Trump told the CNN reporter. “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.”

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has released a statement accusing Acosta of “placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern,” calling it “absolutely unacceptable.”

“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,” Sanders said in a statement. “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 shared a video of a U.S. Secret Service officer confiscating his pass after being denied entry for an 8:00 p.m. media “hit.”

At this time, no White House press corp members have expressed willingness to boycott future briefings.

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23 Comments

23 Comments

  1. Revise the process

    November 9, 2018 at 5:33 pm

    I think Sarah was asking for that too as it takes a lot of staff time to prep for everyday. Since it’s the same flock of vultures a written brief posted on the whitehouse.gov website should do fine. Go ahead, boycott.

  2. PT

    November 9, 2018 at 5:40 pm

    I think that is a WONDERFUL idea. All the left wing Acosta loving yellow rag “journalists” boycott the briefings and the REAL reporters will still be there getting the information to put out to the public with no lefty spin. Super idea CNN. LOVE IT!!!

    • Rebecca Holstine

      November 9, 2018 at 8:41 pm

      I think you are right. There are a lot of small town reporters and non-Washington establishment reporters that would gladly have a chair at the White House briefings. They just might report real news for a change. Oh goodness let’s hope they do boycott, starting Monday morning.

  3. Sharron Powers

    November 9, 2018 at 5:53 pm

    And watch their ratings fall even further! Without Trump they ‘report’ nothing! Bring it on!

  4. Terry Fisher

    November 9, 2018 at 5:58 pm

    Thank You CNN. You’ve finally done the right thing.

    • flakt

      November 9, 2018 at 6:43 pm

      100% on the mark , take his pass away and let a sane individual take this morons place. Another reminder ,, there is not a cure for stupid .

  5. James Kelly

    November 9, 2018 at 6:37 pm

    “CNN Analyst Calls for Briefing Boycott After Jim Acosta’s WH Pass Revoked”

    Yes; we know how long that would last.

  6. misfit1349

    November 9, 2018 at 7:04 pm

    Good for POTUS! He does not deserve disrespect from these ‘journalists’. If they don’t like him personally, they should at least respect the office. MSM… You ALL suck! Take passes away from ALL who do not show respect!

  7. DJ

    November 9, 2018 at 7:47 pm

    You act like a baby, you get treated like a baby!

  8. Al

    November 9, 2018 at 7:55 pm

    Ban CNN, NBC, and CBS from the WH. There are real news orgs that don’t receive recognition, I.e., OAN, CBN, for a couple.

  9. Ginger

    November 9, 2018 at 9:24 pm

    Acosta deserved to lose his WH press briefing pass. He wanted to hog the mic after Trump answered several of his questions. He kept asking questions to get Trump riled up. He wanted to know why Trump was against letting these poor immigrants in. They are illegal immigrants choosing to break our law by coming in the illegal way, Acosta! That’s why. Acosta is arrogant, rude, and doesn’t deserve to be a reporter. CNN and Acosta planned this confrontation all along for publicity.

  10. RAY SAY

    November 9, 2018 at 10:38 pm

    Who’s brilliant idea is this, the Alternative Real News will fill the Fake News void. And the ignorant Americans will finally get a taste of what is really go on

  11. Mrs B

    November 9, 2018 at 11:31 pm

    It would make me very happy to NEVER have to see Acosta’s face again! He needs to work for those rags like enquirer, and that ilk. Certainly should never return to the White House. I consider it an extension of my home and he would never be welcome in my home. The White House belongs to taxpayers.

  12. Mary

    November 10, 2018 at 1:21 am

    Yes I agree with Al boycott CNN,NBC,& CBS from the WH and let the other good reporters do it & there would be more time for them!

  13. Janet

    November 10, 2018 at 1:30 am

    Acosta is rude. There is a certain decorum when you go into the white house. You don’t see John Roberts talk out of turn. I’m sure other reporters are fed up with him too

  14. Helen

    November 10, 2018 at 1:57 am

    Great idea…make room for real journalists!

  15. sharon steiner

    November 10, 2018 at 1:57 am

    time for acosta to be replaced!!!! President Trump should be able to choose who attends each briefing and rotate them !!!!!

  16. Michael_T

    November 10, 2018 at 2:08 am

    Susan Hennessey, your whiny babies should boycott every news event and just sob uncontrollably as they complain about ‘All the big meanies’ who woun’t let them disrupt the adults.

  17. pat

    November 10, 2018 at 6:18 am

    Acosta, YOUR FIRED !!!

  18. J Lynn

    November 10, 2018 at 8:56 am

    Yay!!! No more CNN!!! What a relief !!! They don’t give the actual news anyway. So give their seats to somebody that will report the real news!!! Best idea you’ve had CNN – boycott the WH Press briefings!!! Finally – a great idea!!!

  19. Polly

    November 11, 2018 at 1:33 am

    Make our day Boycott

  20. Juan Noyola

    November 11, 2018 at 7:11 am

    the less reporters in the press room, The better…. makes our Presidents job a lot easier. Thank You CNN

  21. Meyndert

    November 11, 2018 at 3:13 pm

    This boycott will be the best that can ever happen. The President can use other means of getting true information out to the people that deserve correct data and facts about the state of America not the crap dished up by the media. Their opinion is of no relevance.

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