In a statement issued Wednesday evening, CNN concurred, saying: "The White House announced tonight that it has revoked the press pass of CNN's Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta". To state otherwise is fake news.
Sanders said Thursday the White House stood by its decision: "The question is: did the reporter make contact or not?"
She tweeted a video purportedly backing up that claim.
"A free press is vital to democracy, and we stand behind Jim Acosta and his fellow journalists everywhere". "We will not tolerate the inappropriate behavior clearly documented in this video".
"The most risky type of fake news and reporting and evidence is when you get into the fine details, the nuanced things that are shaped to present a certain viewpoint or decision or news a certain way", he said.
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Matt Dornic, a CNN communications executive, tweeted that Sanders' sharing of the video move was "absolutely shameful".
Question for @PressSec: Where'd you obtain the distorted @Acosta video you posted? Surely you don't trust InfoWars...?
- Rafael Shimunov (@rafaelshimunov)This video is doctored.
He then went on to lecture Acosta. This is shameful propaganda.
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Republicans were keenly aware that losing their majority will hamstring his political agenda over the next two years. Trump sought to take credit for retaining the GOP's Senate majority, even as the party lost control of the House.
After asking his follow-up question, the staff member takes the microphone off Acosta and hands it to the next journalist.
Trump laid into the CNN star - the latest in a long history of fiery run-ins between the pair - after Acosta refused Trump's orders to sit down and give up the microphone during a press conference.
GOP Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, who was in attendance at the press conference, later wrote on Twitter, "We all value a free press, but it's unfortunate that some reporters seem more interested in getting their own cable show than doing their jobs".
The WHCA called on the White House to "immediately reverse this weak and misguided action".
After that, President Trump did his best to brush off Acosta's follow-up questions without answering. CNN's Acosta is no Cronkite.
Acosta said the White House's account of the incident is "a lie".
Footage of the incident between Mr Acosta and the staffer has been widely shared on social media. Mr Trump interrupted her, calling it a racist question.
Acosta is a thorn in the side of the administration. The pro-Trump media loves to mock him.
"We did this in spite of a very dramatic fundraising disadvantage driven by Democrats' wealthy donors, and special interests, and a very hostile media coverage, to put it lightly", he said. But he thinks his style is effective - and necessary - at this moment in time. Some are more confrontational than others.
CNN's reporters, namely Acosta, have been frequently seen on the front lines of the White House's tense press briefings. You are a rude, awful person. "CNN should be ashamed of itself, having you working for them".