Fox News Digital Politics Editor Chris Stirewalt said that CNN reporter Jim Acosta was actually helped by President Trump when the White House suspended his pass to access the compound Wednesday night.

In a statement, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said the White House "will never tolerate a reporter placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern."

During a contentious back and forth with Trump, Acosta held onto a microphone as the intern attempted to transfer it to NBC News' Peter Alexander.

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

"This is great news for Jim Acosta," Stirewalt said.

He said that, after the early afternoon incident, news of the kerfuffle was "blown away" by the solicited resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.


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"This brings [Acosta] back to the pulsating core of pointless conflict between this administration and the reporter," Stirewalt said.

He said that until the revocation, Sessions' departure was likely to be the topic of Acosta's and others' reporting this evening.

At the same time, Trump is able to continue his claims of the press being the "enemy" of the populace with the scathing statement from Sanders.

Stirewalt said that either way, the episode hurts the political discourse as the Acosta-Trump feud overshadowed "a bunch of good questions" from reporters like Fox News' John Roberts and CBS News' Major Garrett.

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