Journalists Leap To Defence Of CNN Correspondent Banned From The White House

It's been another eventful Donald Trump press conference.

CNN's White House correspondent, Jim Acosta has been accused by the White House of "placing his hands" on a White House intern.

Video footage of the heated press conference shows the intern trying to take a microphone from Acosta as he tried to ask President Trump a question on Wednesday, shortly after the the U.S. midterm elections.

White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders, announced the confiscation of Acosta's White House press pass on Twitter earlier on Wednesday.

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In reply to the accusation Acosta tweeted: "this is a lie."

CNN also defended their reporter,  accusing Sanders of lying and saying the decision to ban Acosta from the White House was a threat to U.S. democracy.

The White House Correspondent's Association also defended Acosta saying the decision to ban him from the White House was 'unacceptable' and 'out of line'.

The incident marks another blow to relations between President Trump and much of the mainstream media.

A number of journalists from other outlets have also leaped to the defence of their colleague in an open challenge to the current White House rhetoric.

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On Wednesday, the Democrats secured a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives in the midterm elections, while the Republican Party has retained control of the senate.