The White House has revoked the credential pass of a CNN reporter who engaged in a furious exchange with Donald Trump.
Press secretary Sarah Sanders said journalist Jim Acosta’s access was removed because he put “his hands on a young woman”.
It comes after he was called a “rude, terrible person” by the president during a chaotic press conference earlier on Wednesday.
Mr Acosta said the claim that he put his hands on the woman, an intern at the White House, at the conference was “a lie”.
This is a lie. https://t.co/FastFfWych
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) November 8, 2018
The fallout follows a sparring match between Mr Acosta, CNN’s White House correspondent, and the US leader when the reporter asked about the migrant caravan.
When Mr Acosta tried to follow up with another question, Mr Trump said: “That’s enough!” and a female aide unsuccessfully tried to grab the microphone from the reporter.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders released a statement accusing Mr Acosta of “placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern”.
Mr Acosta later tweeted that Ms Sanders’s statement that he put his hands on the aide was “a lie”.
Journalists assigned to cover the White House apply for passes that allow them daily access to press areas in the West Wing.
White House staff decide whether journalists are eligible, though the Secret Service determines whether their applications are approved.
The post-midterm election news conference marked a new low in the president’s relationship with journalists.
Mr Acosta questioned Mr Trump’s reference to the caravan as an invasion, and Mr Trump defended the term.
“You should let me run the country,” Mr Trump said. “You run CNN and if you did it well, your ratings would be much better.”
After Mr Acosta asked about the investigation of Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election, Mr Trump tried to turn to Mr Alexander, but Mr Acosta continued to ask questions.
“CNN should be ashamed of itself having you work for them,” the president said to Mr Acosta.
“You are a rude, terrible person. You shouldn’t be working for CNN. The way you treat Sarah Sanders is horrible.
“The way you treat other people is horrible. You shouldn’t treat people that way.”
Mr Alexander came to his colleague’s defence. “I’ve travelled with him and watched him,” he said.
“He’s a diligent reporter who busts his butt like the rest of us.”
Mr Trump replied: “I’m not a big fan of yours, either.”