President Donald Trump replying CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta

The White House press corps on Thursday dubbed the Trump administration’s revocation of a CNN reporter’s credentials “out of line” and “unacceptable.”

The White House had suspended journalist Jim Acosta’s access, hours after he refused to give up the microphone and persisted with questions during a press conference in which Trump branded him an “enemy of the people.”

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While reacting, the reporters in a statement said: “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 difficult relationship.

“We urge the White House to immediately reverse this weak and misguided action.”