Less than a day after banning CNN reporter Jim Acosta from the White House, press secretary Sarah Sanders is facing additional scrutiny after sharing an edited video clip that showed Acosta's brief exchange with an aide over a mic. Among the critics was a CNN executive who called it "a doctored video – actual fake news."
The White House said Wednesday it was suspending Acosta's "hard pass," which allows him press access to the White House, because it will "never tolerate a reporter placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern."
"This is a lie," Acosta tweeted in response to that statement.
The incident in question occurred during a White House press conference Wednesday, when Acosta was trying to ask President Trump a question about whether his campaign rhetoric "demonized immigrants." "That's enough. That's enough," Mr. Trump said, and tried to move on to another reporter, but Acosta persisted with his questioning.
At that point, a White House intern reached over and tried to take the microphone away from him. "Pardon me, ma'am," Acosta said to her as he hung onto the mic. (Watch the full video in the player above.)
Sanders shared an edited version of the footage that slows down the intern's approach to Acosta and then appears to speed up on the journalist's arm movement. "We will not tolerate the inappropriate behavior clearly documented in this video," she wrote in a tweet.