Reacting to Sanders' statement Wednesday, Acosta said: "This is a lie". You are not my enemy. Central American migrants on Wednesday continued to straggle in for a rest stop at a Mexico City stadium, where about 4,500 continue to weigh offers to stay in Mexico against the desire of many to reach the USA border.
The reason for this was explained in a series of Tweets by White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders. "This unprecedented decision is a threat to our democracy and the country deserves better", CNN added.
The White House has suspended CNN reporter Jim Acosta's press pass Wednesday, hours after he sparred with President Trump at a press briefing.
The shocking exchange came as Acosta was asking the president about the migrant caravan.
"I consider it to be an invasion", Trump responded.
"To say that, what you said, is so insulting to me", he said.
Trump said that if Democrats brought forth strong legislation on issues important to them such as the environment, infrastructure, and healthcare, then it was possible some Senate Republicans would help pass the legislation and Trump would then sign it.
"CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them", Trump said.More news: Man escapes death penalty after admitting killing wife and two daughters
"Honestly, I think you should let me run the country".
She grabbed the microphone but Acosta wouldn't give it up.
In video from the event, the journalist is seen attempting to ask a follow-up question but is repeatedly shut down by the USA leader, who says "that's enough" five times.
Trump began taking questions and called on Acosta, who tried to ask about the president's characterization of a migrant caravan of roughly 4,000 Central American immigrants who are walking through Mexico to claim asylum in the U.S.
Trump demanded the CNN reporter "put down the mic". "And it is so sad that you asked me, and no, you rudely interrupted him. You shouldn't be working for CNN". You are a rude, bad person. "You should not treat people that way". "You shouldn't treat people like that". In between the two questions, Trump attempted to move on, but Acosta refused. "Imagine anybody doing this to Obama".
But his news conference, which stretched close to 90 minutes, quickly turned raucous.
"They are not only risky, they are disturbingly un-American".
Elsewhere in the conference, PBS NewsHour's Yamiche Alcindor asked the President about white nationalists emboldened by his remarks labeling himself a "nationalist".
She called Acosta's behavior "absolutely unacceptable". "I like real news, not fake news", he said.
"Just sit down", Mr Trump said.