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After this exchange, many in the media rushed to Acosta's defense. Baker wrote that he believes Trump called on Acosta at the presser because "he wants the confrontation".

"Mr. President, I have one other question on the Russian Federation investigation".

"What you said is so insulting to me", he said.

Acosta responded by calling Sanders' statement a "lie".

'That's enough, ' Trump said pointing at Acosta, who kept trying to talk. "Because we have hundreds of companies moving in". Sign up now for the daily dose of sunlight you need to disinfect the media's lies.

Acosta: "Why did you characterise it as such?"

'I consider it an invasion.

Sarah Silverman, host of I Love You, America, also went off.

"But do you think that you demonised immigrants?"

Trump began taking questions and called on Acosta, who tried to ask about the president's characterization of a migrant caravan of roughly 4,000 Central American immigrants who are walking through Mexico to claim asylum in the U.S.

Matt Dornic, a vice-president at CNN, said: "Absolutely shameful, @PressSec".

It is unclear whether Acosta will be turned away again on Thursday. Trump ended the exchange by insulting Acosta, calling him a "rude awful person", and saying that when CNN reports "fake news", they are the "enemy of the people".

"Honestly, I think you should let me run the country and you run CNN", Mr Trump snapped, adding "and if you did it well, you're ratings would be much better". You shouldn't be working for CNN.

No one is suggesting that Acosta threatened President Donald Trump. Then a White House intern unsuccessfully tried to take the microphone from the CNN correspondent.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Mr. Acosta's actions toward the woman were unacceptable, justifying the revocation by sharing a video of the moment. Original video of the incident shows the woman trying to grab the microphone, as Acosta's hand brushes her arm.

Trump accused a PBS reporter of posing a racist question when she asked him about white nationalists.

"This president's ongoing attacks on the press have gone too far". It was done in retaliation for his challenging questions at today's press conference.

"The White House Correspondents' Association 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 hard relationship", the group said.

The decision to expel Acosta came just hours after confirmation that the Republican Party had lost control of the US House of Representatives on Wednesday.

Sanders cited the incident with the intern as the reason to revoke Acosta's White House credentials and shared a video of the act as proof.