<strong>CNN's Jim Acosta has been stripped of his White House press credentials after a shouting match with President Donald Trump. How did his fake news feud with the president begin, and is it actually a love-hate relationship?</strong>
Trump and Acosta got into an ugly verbal tussle during Wednesday's post-midterm press conference at the White House, with the president pushing back against the CNN correspondent's pointed questions about characterizing the migrant <em>"caravan"</em> heading towards the US borders as an <em>"invasion."</em>
Trump blasted Acosta for the “horrible” way he treats people, adding that his network should be “ashamed” for employing such a “rude, terrible person.”
Shortly after the altercation, Acosta learned that he was no longer welcome at the White House. Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders claimed that the CNN reporter’s credentials had been revoked because he manhandled a White House intern while struggling for control of the press conference microphone – an allegation CNN has disputed.
Justified or not, it was simply a matter of time before the CNN-phobic White House brought out the ban hammer. Lest we forget: Acosta and Trump have been feuding since before the president was even sworn in.
Twilight of a fake news feud
The bad blood between Trump and Acosta can be traced back to a fateful press conference in January 2017, when the president-elect blasted CNN for “going out of their way” to “build up” the lurid but never-substantiated claims detailed in the Steele dossier.
Acosta then interjected: “”Since you’re attacking us, can you give us a question?” “Not you. Your organization is terrible,” Trump snapped back. “Quiet. Don’t be rude. No, I’m not going to give you a question. You are fake news!”