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Sarah Sanders Stands by Statement on Suspending Acosta’s Credentials Amid ‘Doctored’ Video Accusations

After a heated press conference on Wednesday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced that CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta’s press credentials had been suspended.

Acosta and his network responded to Sanders’ statements, calling her a liar. Now, the press secretary is doubling down on the call to suspend.

In a White House press release, Sanders reiterated:

“The question is: did the reporter make contact or not? The video is clear, he did. We stand by our statement.”

On the topic of making contact, Sanders is referring to when Acosta repeatedly asked President Donald Trump questions and refused to hand over the microphone to a White House intern so that another reporter could ask a question.

“Honestly, I think you should let me run the country and you run CNN,” Trump said during the exchange.

Watch the video below:

Sanders rebukes Acosta’s behavior

Later that same day, Sanders made it clear that the exchange was “absolutely unacceptable” and “completely disrespectful.”

“As a result of today’s incident, the White House is suspending the hard pass of the reporter involved until further notice,” she tweeted.

Acosta responded to Sanders’ tweet, calling it a “lie.”

CNN mirrored Acosta’s reaction by also claiming Sanders “lied”:

Sanders blasted for “doctored” video

“We stand by our decision to revoke this individual’s hard pass,” Sanders tweeted along with a video. “We will not tolerate the inappropriate behavior clearly documented in this video.”

The video, which Sanders posted, shows the White House intern reaching for the microphone and Acosta’s arm seemingly chopping down to resist her attempt.

CNN executive Matt Dornic called Sanders’ video “absolutely shameful.”

“You released a doctored video – actual fake news,” he continued. “History will not be kind to you.”

New York Times White House correspondent Maggie Haberman also claimed the video was “manipulated.”

“Yes, the White House press office is sharing a manipulated video that makes it appear that Acosta was menacing the intern when he was not and did not,” Haberman wrote. “The intern reached over Acosta to grab the microphone while he was trying to ask another q and Acosta tried to pull away.”

However, Acosta currently has his credentials suspended, and Sanders is not backing off her stance.


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