Jim Acosta: ‘Don’t believe the lies coming from the WH’

CNN’s Jim Acosta early Thursday morning warned against believing “the lies coming from the White House” one day after his press pass was revoked. 

Don’t believe the lies coming from the WH,” Acosta tweeted. “Believe in our freedoms. Thank you all for your support. We won’t back down.”

Dozens of reporters rushed to Acosta’s defense after White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced that his hard press pass would be pulled. 

Sanders accused Acosta of inappropriately “placing his hands” on a White House intern during a press conference on Wednesday. 

Footage of the encounter shows the female White House intern attempting to take the microphone away from Acosta as he questioned President Trump. Acosta refused to let go and video shows his arm brushing against hers in the process. 

The press secretary shared a video of the interaction, which reporters and commentators have accused of being edited in order to make it appear as though Acosta was more aggressive. The video Sanders shared appears to be sped up and slowed down at certain moments. 

Acosta on Wednesday night denied the accusations from the White House, saying on CNN that he was “trying to hang onto the microphone” when he was approached by the intern.

“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. “I think I handled myself professionally.”

The White House over the summer banned another CNN reporter, Kaitlan Collins, from a Rose Garden event that was open to the press after she questioned the president in the Oval Office. 

Trump frequently derides CNN as “fake news” as crowds at his “Make America Great Again” rallies burst into the chant, “CNN sucks!” 

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