The White House has suspended the press pass of CNN reporter Jim Acosta after the journalist engaged in a heated exchange with Donald Trump, further straining the president’s already tense relations with the media.
白宫暂停了美国有线电视新闻网(CNN)记者吉姆•阿科斯塔(Jim Acosta)的媒体通行证，此前这名记者与唐纳德•特朗普(Donald Trump)发生激烈交锋。此举使总统与媒体之间本已紧张的关系进一步闹僵。
Sarah Sanders, White House press secretary, said Mr Acosta’s credentials had been revoked “until further notice” after the journalist refused to hand over the microphone during a press conference following the midterm elections.
Mr Acosta, CNN’s chief White House correspondent, had been challenging Mr Trump’s portrayal of the caravan of Central American migrants travelling towards the US border as “an invasion”.
Video of the incident shows Mr Acosta attempting to ask a follow-up question to Mr Trump, a day after Republicans lost control of the House of Representatives but made gains in the Senate.
The video shows Mr Acosta refusing to return the microphone to a White House intern in a bid to continue his line of questioning, prompting the president to tell the reporter: “That’s enough. Put down the mic.”
Mr Trump then called Mr Acosta “a rude, terrible person” and said that “CNN should be ashamed of itself, having you working for them”.
The president verbally sparred with the next reporter to ask a question, NBC’s Peter Alexander, after the journalist described Mr Acosta as “a diligent reporter”.
Mr Trump then said of Mr Alexander: “I am not a big fan of yours, either.”
The president added: “When you report fake news, which CNN does a lot, you are the enemy of the people.”
Defending the suspension of Mr Acosta’s press pass, Ms Sanders said: “We will . . . never tolerate a reporter placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern.”
“This conduct is absolutely unacceptable,” she added, saying that Mr Trump welcomed difficult questions.
Mr Acosta later wrote on Twitter that Ms Sanders’s statement about him was “a lie”, and noted that secret service officers had denied him entry into the White House grounds.
CNN said the move was “in retaliation for [Mr Acosta’s] challenging questions at today’s press conference” and defended his conduct. “This president’s ongoing attacks on the press have gone too far. They are not only dangerous, they are disturbingly un-American. We stand behind Jim Acosta and his fellow journalists everywhere.”
Peter Baker, chief White House correspondent for the New York Times, said on Twitter of the ban: “Trump @PressSec confirms that White House has suspended the hard pass of a reporter because it doesn’t like the way he does his job. This is something I’ve never seen since I started covering the White House in 1996. Other presidents did not fear tough questioning.”
The White House Correspondents’ Association said it “strongly objects to the Trump administration’s decision to use US secret service security credentials as a tool to punish a reporter with whom it has a difficult relationship”.
《纽约时报》(New York Times)首席白宫记者彼得•贝克(Peter Baker)在Twitter上谈到这一禁令时表示：“特朗普的新闻秘书证实，白宫已经暂停了一名记者的通行证，因为白宫不喜欢他的工作方式。这是自1996年我开始报道白宫新闻以来闻所未闻的事情。其他总统不怕尖锐提问。”
白宫记者协会(White House Correspondents’ Association)表示，它“强烈反对特朗普政府决定使用美国特勤局安保证件来惩罚与其关系不佳的一名记者”。