Shortly after the White House announced they were suspending Jim Acosta’s press credentials and accused him of putting his hands on a young female staffer, Acosta joined Anderson Cooper to talk about what happened.
It all happened during a testy exchange with President Donald Trump during today’s contentious press conference.
“I was just trying to ask a question of the president at this press conference and it was obviously a question they didn’t like,” Acosta said, recalling what happened. “It was about his racist ad on the caravan they were running before the midterms. He and I were going back and forth there as You can see in the video, this intern came up to me, they are describing her as an intern. I don’t really know who she is, and attempted to take the microphone away from me. All I can say at that point is that I was trying to hang onto the microphone so I could continue to ask the president questions.”
He then stressed: “Obviously, you know, I didn’t put my hands on her or touch her as they are alleging. And it’s just unfortunate that the White House is saying this. You know, we all try to be professionals over there and I think I handled myself professionally.”
Acosta then speculated that he thinks that this is a test.
“I do think, Anderson, that this is a test for all of us,” he said. “I do think they are trying to shut us down to some extent inside the White House press corp, and to some extent, I think they’re trying to send a message to our colleagues.”
Cooper then asked if he had advance warning.
Acosta replied he saw the statement from White House Press Secretary’s Sarah Sanders on his phone but thought he could get one last live shot in.
“I was simply blocked from entering the facility. As a matter of fact, there was an officer who stood in front of the doorway to the security booth that I’ve gone through every day for the last, every working day that I come to the White House for the last five years…I never thought in this country that I wouldn’t be able to go and cover the president of the United States simply because I was trying to ask a question.”
Watch above, via CNN.
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