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FILE - In this Aug. 2, 2018 file photo, CNN correspondent Jim Acosta does a stand up before the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

CNN's Jim Acosta is denied entry into the White House after confrontation with President Trump


WASHINGTON (Circa) — CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta has been suspended from entering White House premises after engaging in a heated confrontation with President Trump during a press conference on Wednesday.

In a tweet, Acosta said "I’ve just been denied entrance to the WH. Secret Service just informed me I cannot enter the WH grounds for my 8pm hit." The reporter was scheduled to cover the day's events during Wednesday night's episode of "Anderson Cooper 360."

Acosta, a Cuban-American, asked Trump during the news conference why he campaigned during midterm elections on a caravan of migrants in Central Americans that was hundreds of miles away from the U.S. border. The reporter asked specifically why Trump characterized the caravan as "an invasion" of the country while speaking to his followers about his stance about immigration.

"I think you should let me run the country, you run CNN and if you did it well, your ratings would be much better," Trump told Acosta before the reporter asked about the Russia investigation into campaign meddling during the 2008 election.

“That’s enough. That’s enough. That’s enough. That’s enough," Trump said. "CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them. You are a rude, terrible person. You shouldn’t be working for CNN. You’re a very rude person. The way you treat Sarah Huckabee is horrible. And the way you treat other people are horrible. You shouldn’t treat people that way.”

Trump to CNN's Acosta: 'You are a rude, terrible person'

As Acosta was asking questions to the President, a White House intern attempted to grab the mic away from him but Acosta wouldn't let go. The White House is accusing Acosta of "placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern. This conduct is absolutely unacceptable. It is also completely disrespectful to the reporter's colleges not to allow them an opportunity to ask a question."

The statement, written by White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, also says "as a result of today's incident, the White House is suspending the hard pass of the reporter involved until further notice."

Sanders would continue on to say, "The fact that CNN is proud of the way their employee behaved is not only disgusting, it‘s an example of their outrageous disregard for everyone, including young women, who work in this Administration."

Here is her full statement via her Twitter account:

CNN responded to the statement saying the following:

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