AP News Breaks Silence On Jim Acosta & Issues Unprecedented Rebuke Of Trump

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On Wednesday evening, CNN reporter Jim Acosta had his press pass revoked by the White House after he had a heated exchange with Mr. Trump earlier in the day. Acosta took Mr. Trump to task with multiple questions that many Americans want answers to, and the president became increasingly angry as Acosta began probing him about the caravan of immigrants approaching the U.S. After a series of exchanges, Trump called Acosta a “terrible person,” and told him:

‘Honestly, I think you should let me run the country — you run CNN.’

On Thursday night, The Associated Press issued a statement concerning the importance of a free press in every democracy. The statement reads:

‘It is the essential function of a free press in every democracy to independently gather and report information in the public interest, a right that is enshrined in the First Amendment. We strongly reject the idea that any administration would block a journalist’s access to the White House.’

Previously, CNN issued their own statement saying Acosta has the network’s full support. The statement read that the revocation of his pass “was done in retaliation for his challenging questions at today’s press conference.” It also said:

‘In an explanation, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders lied. 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.’

The White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA), which advocates for the press corps, issued a statement almost immediately after Acosta was denied entrance to the White House. The statement read:

‘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. Such interactions, however uncomfortable they may appear to be, help define the strength of our national institutions. We urge the White House to immediately reverse this weak and misguided action.’

Peter Baker, the chief White House correspondent for The New York Times, tweeted:

‘This is something I’ve never seen since I started covering the White House in 1996. Other presidents did not fear tough questioning.’

The Washington bureau chief for The New York Times, Elizabeth Busmiller, said:

“The president should not pick and choose who covers him, and he should certainly not force out a representative of one of the country’s leading news organizations, one that tens of millions of Americans depend on for their news.’

Even the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) weighed in on the ordeal, saying:

‘It is unacceptable and un-American for the president to expel a reporter for doing his job aggressively. The White House should reverse this decision immediately.’

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders falsely claimed that Acosta put “his hands on a young woman” who was responsible for giving the microphone to reporters asking questions. Sanders used a doctored video from Alex Jones’ “InfoWars” to support the claim and justify the White House’s actions.

What the White House has done is completely deplorable and at this point, people don’t expect anything better from Mr. Trump, but they do expect him to be held accountable by both the U.S. House and Special Counsel Mueller.

Here’s what Twitter had to say to The AP:

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