CNN's Jim Acosta promoted to chief White House correspondent

CNN's Jim Acosta promoted to chief White House correspondent
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Jim Acosta has been named CNN’s chief White House correspondent, the network announced on Tuesday.

Acosta, whose previous title was senior White House correspondent, has covered the Obama and Trump administrations for CNN since 2013.

"CNN has announced a number of new assignments for its White House and Washington-based correspondents, timed to the start of President TrumpDonald John TrumpGrassley: Dems 'withheld information' on new Kavanaugh allegation Health advocates decry funding transfer over migrant children Groups plan mass walkout in support of Kavanaugh accuser MORE’s second year in office," the announcement from CNN's public relations department reads. 

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"Pamela Brown will move from the Justice Department to the White House beat, joining Jeff Zeleny as CNN senior White House correspondents. Abby Phillip and Boris Sanchez will continue as White House correspondents alongside White House reporter Kaitlan Collins," it continues.

"These six reporters will work in conjunction with CNN’s extensive team of digital White House reporters."

Sara Murray, who has also covered Trump for the past three years, will join CNN’s Justice Department team, "principally covering the Russia investigation," the network release adds. 

"Senior Washington correspondent Joe Johns will move from the White House team to cover the upcoming midterm elections and national politics." 

The moves will all be effective Monday

The combative Acosta has had almost-daily run-ins with White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and her predecessor, Sean SpicerSean Michael SpicerSpicer: Press have 'a personal animus' against Trump administration Spicer: People at White House are 'burnt out' Spicer: On-camera briefings have become 'grandstanding' opportunity for reporters MORE, who departed in August. 

It was also almost one year ago that Trump as president-elect called Acosta "rude" and blasted the network as "fake news."

"Your organization is terrible," Trump told Acosta on Jan. 11, 2017, when he repeatedly attempted to ask a question.

"You're attacking us, can you give us a question?” Acosta replied.

"Don't be rude. No, I'm not going to give you a question. You are fake news," Trump responded, before calling on another reporter.