White House pulls press pass from CNN contributor who yelled at Gorka in Rose Garden

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WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 11: Brian Karem of Playboy Magazine (2nd R) argues with conservative military and intelligence analyst and former deputy assistant to President Donald Trump Sebastian Gorka (R) after the President made a Rose Garden statement on the census July 11, 2019 at the White House in Washington, DC. President Trump, who had previously pushed to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, announced that he would direct the Commerce Department to collect that data in other ways. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

CNN and Playboy contributor Brian Karem has been barred from the White House, his press pass suspended for a month.

Karem became the subject of news last month when he taunted Gorka in the Rose Garden, announced his temporary banishment on Twitter Friday: “Received an email today shortly before 5 p.m. from the WH: as of Monday afternoon my press pass is suspended for 30 days.”

“Yes, I can and will appeal this decision,” Karem added.

CNN reported that the White House cited Karem’s behavior at the July 11 White House social media summit. While waiting for a presidential press conference following the summit, Karem and Gorka got into a shouting match after Karem described the summit attendees as “group of people that are eager for demonic possession.”

“You’re a journalist, right?” Gorka shouted from a distance.

“C’mon over here and talk to me, brother,” Karem responded. “We can go outside and have a long conversation.”

Gorka, a former White House aide, then asked Karem if he was “threatening” him in the Rose Garden.

“You’re a punk, you’re not a journalist, you’re a punk,” Gorka yelled at Karem.

Gorka, a former aide to President Trump, was quick to rejoice over the decision and effused, “Thank you @realDonaldTrump, thank you @PressSec. On behalf of Americans who’ve had enough of FakeNews punks like @BrianKarem … ”

Karem and Playboy said they would appeal the decision.

Karem’s suspension is not the first for a CNN-linked journalist covering the White House. In November last year, the Trump administration pulled CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s press pass, accusing him of “placing his hands” on a female White House intern who tried to wrestle a microphone away from him as he was haranguing Trump.

Acosta denied the accusations, while CNN argued that the suspension was nothing more than a push-back against “challenging questions” asked by their reporter. Acosta’s pass was subsequently reinstated by a federal court.