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Trump clashes with media after White House revokes pass of CNN's Acosta

PRESS freedom came under attack in the US today after the White House revoked the pass of a CNN correspondent who clashed with President Donald Trump in a post-midterm elections press conference.

Jim Acosta was stopped by security at the gates of the White House as he tried to re-enter the grounds for a live broadcast for the US news channel.

He shared video footage of him handing over his “hard pass” — granted to reporters who regularly cover White House events to ease entry into the grounds — to an officer who said he had been instructed to take it by the White House.

"I've just been denied entrance to the WH. Secret Service just informed me I cannot enter the WH grounds for my 8pm hit,” Mr Acosta tweeted.

The move followed a heated exchange with Mr Trump, who refused to answer questions and called Mr Acosta “a terrible person.”

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders announced Mr Acosta’s  pass had been revoked, claiming that he assaulted an intern who tried to take a microphone from him during the press conference. 

CNN said that Ms Sanders had made “fraudulent accusations” and “cited an incident that never happened.”

It said: “This unprecedented decision is a threat to our democracy and the country deserves better. Jim Acosta has our full support."

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