White House Writing Up ‘New Rules’ for Press
President Donald Trump says the White House is “writing up rules and regulations” for reporters after a judge ordered the administration to restore credentials for CNN reporter Jim Acosta.
President Trump told reporters Friday that “people have to behave.”
He added that if journalists “do not listen to the rules and regulations, we will end up back in court and we will win.”
Asked what he meant by rules and regulations, President Trump said: “Decorum. You cannot take 3 questions and 4 questions. And just stand up and not sit down.”
President Trump said he wants “total freedom of the press,” but added “you have to act with respect.”
The White House said Friday that it would “temporarily reinstate” the credentials that were revoked after Mr. Acosta and President Trump tangled during a press conference last week. The “temporarily reinstatement” of the White House press credentials of CNN reporter Jim Acosta is in response to a judge’s order.
A federal judge on Friday ordered The Trump Administration to return the credentials that were revoked after a dust-up at a press conference last week.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders also called for “decorum” at the White House and said they would be developing “rules and processes to ensure fair and orderly press conferences in the future.”
The judge granted CNN’s request for a TRO (temporary restraining order). A lawsuit that CNN brought against the Trump administration over the issue is continuing, and it is possible that Mr. Acosta’s hard press pass may be permanently revoked.
A member of the White House press corps said Friday he is troubled by the tension between President Trump and CNN’s Jim Acosta, but that he respects the office of the President and knows when it’s time to pass the microphone to someone else during a presidential press conference.
The situation “makes me deeply uncomfortable as a long-serving and long-standing White House correspondent,” Mr. Garrett said.
“This is new ground, and I wish we were not there. I wish they had not revoked it, I wish CNN had not gone to a lawsuit.”
Mr. Garrett said he has enough respect for the office of the President to obey the Commander-in-Chief.
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