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White House suspends Jim Acosta's credentials

The White House on Wednesday pulled press credentials from CNN's Jim Acosta after he engaged in a heated back-and-forth with President Trump.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders cited Acosta's refusal to give up the microphone from a young staffer who tried to take it during a press conference on orders from Trump.

Sanders said in a statement the White House will “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.”

“As a result of today’s incident, the White House is suspending the hard pass of the reporter involved until further notice,” Sanders said.

Acosta said he was denied entrance to the White House.

CNN slammed the White House for pulling the press credentials for its Chief White House Correspondent, accusing White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders of making "fraudulent accusations."

The statement from the news network came just moments after the Trump administration announced that it had suspended Acosta's press credentials, claiming that Acosta became physical with a young female intern during his exchange with President Trump.

Sanders cited Acosta's refusal to hand a microphone to a young staffer who tried to take it from him as he asked a question of the president. She claimed that Acosta's conduct was unacceptable.

"Press Secretary Sarah Sanders lied," CNN said in a statement. "She provided fraudulent accusations and cited an incident that never happened. This unprecedented decision is a threat to our democracy and the country deserves better. Jim Acosta has our full support."

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