The White House defended Thursday its ban on CNN correspondent Jim Acosta of the building and claimed that he had inadequate contact with an administrative assistant while during a heated exchange with President Donald Trump tried to take a microphone from him during a press conference.
Trump called Acosta a "rude, awful person" and "enemy of the people" during Wednesday's post-election question-and-answer session with reporters. Acosta asked the American leader for his assertion that Central American migrants who walked through Mexico to the southern border in the US, invaded the country & # 39 ;.
Hours later, Secretary-General Sarah Sanders reprinted Acosta's White House press data and accused Acosta of mistakenly "putting his hands on the assistant" when she tried to take the microphone away.
"This is a lie," Acosta replied.
On Thursday, Sanders tweeted a video that reportedly would back up her version of the events. But analysts and other journalists pointed out that the video seemed to have been manipulated, speeded up to make it look like Acosta was beating the woman.
In response Sanders said that the White House's prohibition on the credentials of Acosta would exist.
"The question is: did the reporter make contact or not, the video is clear, he did it and we stick to our statement," Sanders said.
CNN and other journalists from the White House defended Acosta and said that there was nothing wrong with his interrogation of Trump and that he had not touched the assistant inappropriately.
CNN accused Sanders of lying about the incident.
"They issued fraudulent accusations and mentioned an incident that never happened," said the network. "This unprecedented decision is a threat to our democracy and the country deserves it better, Jim Acosta has our full support."
The association of correspondents of the White House said it is strongly opposed to the decision of the Trump government to use security effects of the American Secret Service as a means to a reporter with whom it is a difficult relationship has to punish. & # 39;