BREAKING: Sarah Sanders Explains Why Acosta’s Press Pass Has Been Revoked

According to breaking new information, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders has announced that CNN correspondent Jim Acosta’s press pass has been suspended after a physical altercation with an aide during a confrontation on Wednesday.

While clashing with President Trump regarding a question on immigration, Acosta became emotional, making physical contact with a White House staffer who attempted to calm him down and take his microphone, prompting swift condemnation from the president.

Sarah Sanders took to Twitter, where she rebuked Acosta for his behavior during Wednesday’s briefing, and said that the Trump administration will “never tolerate a reporter placing his hands on a young woman.”

“This conduct is absolutely unacceptable,” said Sanders in a multi-part tweet, also calling out CNN for its defense of Acosta.

Acosta later tweeted to confirm the news, and said Sanders’ statement was “a lie.”

Update: Sarah Sanders has now shared video of the incident.

Update:

The White House Correspondents’ Association, a coalition of mainstream media journalists, has tweeted their objection to White House actions and called for a reversal in the decision.

“Journalists may use a range of approaches to carry out their jobs and the WHCA does not police the tone or frequency of the questions its members ask of powerful senior government officials, including the president,” the group wrote. “Such interactions, however uncomfortable they may appear to be, help define the strength of our national institutions.”

A statement from CNN reads:

“This president’s ongoing attacks on the press have gone too far. They are not only dangerous, they are disturbingly un-American. While President Trump has made it clear he does not respect a free press, he has a sworn obligation to protect it. A free press is vital to democracy, and we stand behind Jim Acosta and his fellow journalists everywhere.”

The reaction on social media is clearly mixed, with Trump supporters generally cheering the ban and Democrats siding with Acosta.