President Donald Trump’s press secretary confirmed on Wednesday evening that the media credentials for CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta had been revoked “until further notice.”
Acosta announced on his Twitter account that he had been barred from entering the White House for an event there on Wednesday, just before 8 p.m. Eastern Time, reported Variety.
“I’ve just been denied entrance to the WH. Secret Service just informed me I cannot enter the WH grounds for my 8pm hit,” he wrote in his tweet. He did not explain why he was barred entry at that point.
Later in the evening, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders elaborated why the White House revoked Acosta’s credentials.
“President Trump believes in a free press and expects and welcomes tough questions of him and his Administration,” Sanders wrote in a tweet. “We will, however, never tolerate a reporter placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern…”