The White House is taking its attack on the media to a new level tonight, preventing one of the most prominent White House reporters from doing his job. CNN’s Jim Acosta has spent five years covering the WH beat, but tonight when he tried to return he was told to turn in his id.

This happened hours after Trump told Acosta he was “rude” and “horrible.”

Acosta writes:

“I’ve just been denied entrance to the WH. Secret Service just informed me I cannot enter the WH grounds for my 8pm hit.”

Acosta went on to say:

“We are not the enemy of the people. I am not your enemy. You are not my enemy. It is wrong to call your fellow Americans the enemy. We are all on the same team. We are all Americans.”

Sarah Sanders addressed this on Twitter Wednesday night saying:

President Trump believes in a free press and expects and welcomes tough questions of him and his Administration. We will, however, never tolerate a reporter placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern…

This conduct is absolutely unacceptable. It is also completely disrespectful to the reporter’s colleagues not to allow them an opportunity to ask a question. President Trump has given the press more access than any President in history.

Contrary to CNN’s assertions there is no greater demonstration of the President’s support for a free press than the event he held today. Only they would attack the President for not supporting a free press in the midst of him taking 68 questions from 35 different reporters…

…over the course of 1.5 hours including several from the reporter in question. The fact that CNN is proud of the way their employee behaved is not only disgusting, it‘s an example of their outrageous disregard for everyone, including young women, who work in this Administration.

As a result of today’s incident, the White House is suspending the hard pass of the reporter involved until further notice.

Acosta replied to Sanders accusation that he put “his hands on a young woman” saying, a “This is a lie.” Sanders is seemingly referring to the moment (see below) where a White House intern tried forcibly pull a microphone out of Acosta’s hand. He didn’t put his hands on her, she approached him. It’s on video.

CNN’s media correspondent Brian Stelter calls this a “Stunning escalation by the Trump W.H.”

Dan Rather says:

News the White House pulled Jim Acosta’s credentials is not an attack on one journalist but all of the press. There should be complete solidarity. This is a moment for any Republican who says they believe in the Constitution to stand up.

Watch the full exchange that caused this above, along with Acosta’s response to what happened earlier.