The Reason Jim Acosta's Press Pass To The White House Was Revoked

Larry Richert and John Shumway
November 08, 2018 - 10:25 am
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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - There was an argument between President Trump and Jim Acosta, CNN’s Chief White House Correspondent, during a press conference on Wednesday.

It started when Acosta asked President Trump a question about the migrant caravan in Mexico. After Trump’s response, he said “that’s enough” and an intern tried taking the microphone away from Acosta.

He then pushed the interns arm away, in an effort to ask the President another question.  

Acosta’s press pass to the White House was ultimately revoked.

Sagar Meghani, AP Correspondent for the White House, joined KDKA Radio on Thursday to talk about White House credentials and why Acosta’s was taken away.  

Were you surprised when Jim Acosta’s credentials were pulled yesterday?

“Yea, very surprised. The President just ripped him personally, frankly. Called him a terrible human being, and that CNN should ashamed of having him work for them,” Meghani said.

“Acosta did push it a little bit, and Jim does do that. He will keep asking questions even after he is told to stop or let someone else do it.”

Why were Acosta’s credentials revoked?

“The White House claims that his credential was revoked because he put his hands on an intern who had tried to grab the microphone from Acosta when the President told Acosta that he was done,” Meghani explains.

“If you watch the video, it looks like Jim tries to push her hands away when she grabs the mic, but at the same time, he’s saying ‘excuse me, mam.’”

In your memory, has this ever happened with any President that you worked with where there has been this kind of acrimony and accusations in that environment?

“There’s certainly been acrimony, the job is not to ask questions that they like. You can go back and see the exchanges that President Nixon had with Sam Donaldson at ABC,” Meghani added.  

“It hasn’t been pleasant, but it hasn’t gotten to the point in my knowledge, where the White House has actually stripped what we call a hard pass, the actual credential.”

Who issues the hard pass?

“The United States Secret Service. It’s actually a security credential that those folks are trained to recognize from a distance that allows you access when the White House is shut down or when they have Pennsylvania Avenue blocked off,” Meghani tells KDKA Radio.

“The White House gets to decide which reporters are eligible, but the Secret Service actually issues it. Now they are saying that the Secret Service cannot actually let Jim Acosta on to the White House grounds.”

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