The White House is suspending CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta’s “hard pass” for what press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders deemed “absolutely unacceptable” conduct in a statement Wednesday night. Acosta posted a video to twitter where he was forced to hand over his media hard pass to secret service. ”I’m in front of the White House, a secret service officer is asking for my hard pass.” The White House said it is punishing Acosta for his interaction with a White House press aide who forcibly attempted to remove the microphone from the reporter’s hands as he tried to ask the president a second question. The incident occurred during a White House press conference to discuss midterm election results. Before Acosta asked his second question, Trump told the reporter, After the two argued, a White House press aide attempted to take Acosta’s microphone away, but Acosta held on. In an initial statement about the argument, CNN wrote, Sanders announced the punishment in a lengthy statement Wednesday night, several hours after Acosta clashed with President Donald Trump during a feisty press conference. Continued Sanders in part, Acosta shared Sanders’ statement on Twitter and wrote, “This is a lie.” One of Acosta’s colleagues, a CNN White House producer, defended his conduct. CNN has weighed in on the White House’s decision to suspend Jim Acosta after the network’s chief White House correspondent clashed with Trump during a press briefing Wednesday. A few hours later, CNN president Jeff Zucker wrote in an email to CNN colleagues, “I want you to know that we have your backs.” Head to THR.com for continuing coverage. For the Hollywood Reporter News, I’m Ben Myers.