‘The View’ host claims White House aide committed battery, not Acosta

"The View" co-host Sunny Hostin said it was the young White House aide and not CNN reporter Jim Acosta who committed battery when attempting to remove a microphone from Acosta’s hand at a press conference on Wednesday.

Acosta got into a heated exchange with President TrumpDonald John TrumpBroward County official Brenda Snipes submits resignation after criticism Retired lieutenant general tears into Trump over attacks against Navy SEAL: 'Disgusting' Senate barrels toward showdown over Trump's court picks MORE, who told Acosta to sit down and refused to take further questions from the reporter.

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A White House aide, later identified as an intern, then tried to remove the microphone from Acosta, who resisted and asked a follow-up question.

As the intern tried to grab the mic, Acosta said "pardon me, ma'am" and continued to try to ask his question. Acosta's hand made contact with the intern's arm during the exchange.

“What I saw was a battery, not by Jim Acosta, but by the young White House aide,” Hostin said on the ABC show on Thursday. 

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders in explaining the White House decision to remove the press credentials from Acosta said he put his hands on the young woman, calling it “absolutely unacceptable.”

Acosta has denied the claims, calling them “a lie.”

"I didn’t put my hands on her or touch her as they’re alleging. It’s unfortunate the White House is saying this," Acosta said on CNN Wednesday. "I think I handled myself professionally."

Hostin said she was not assigning blame in the situation, but said the aide should not have tried to grab the microphone from Acosta.

Hostin’s remarks sparked outcry from fellow "The View" hosts, particularly Meghan McCain, who said Hostin's view meant that the aide “should be arrested for battery.” She added she was speaking facetiously. 

The White House revoking Acosta's press credentials prompted backlash from the White House Correspondents' Association and other journalists.