After a U.S. District Judge ordered the White House to reinstate the revoked press pass for CNN’s Jim Acosta, Donald Trump has informed reporters he is working on “new rules and regulations” for White House reporters.
The White House suspended Acosta’s press pass following a heated exchange between the CNN journalist and Donald Trump at a press conference. Acosta pressed the president several times over his comments on a migrant caravan heading towards the United States through Central America.
Trump accused Acosta of being a “rude, terrible person.”
U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly upheld CNN’s claim that the White House had violated Acosta’s Fifth Amendment right to due process after Trump arbitrarily revoked his press credentials.
USA Today reported that Trump hit back over Kelly’s ruling, telling reporters, “people have to behave. We’re writing up new rules and regulations”, adding, “with the rules and regulations, we will end up back in court and we will win.”
Trump hinted at what the regulations could entail. According to the Hill, Trump stipulated, “we have to practice decorum.” He told reporters in the Oval Office that his new regulations would prevent a reporter from asking three or four questions in quick succession.
Sarah Sanders, the White House Press Secretary echoed Trump’s comments. She said in a statement that the White House would “develop further rules and processes to ensure fair and orderly press conferences in the future”, USA Today reported.
Following Kelly’s ruling, Acosta returned to work for CNN today. He thanked his fellow reporters for their support.
The White House Correspondents Association (WHCA) had expressed its concern over the Trump administration’s decision to arbitrarily suspend Acosta’s White House press pass, warning that it sets a “dangerous precedent”.
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