Trump wants 'rules and regulations' for reporters

Erika Holt
November 17, 2018

He said White House reporters need access to the premises to meet with sources and to report on untelevised "gaggles", impromptu discussions with press aides and other officials, so that banning a reporter from the grounds harms his or her ability to do their job. Sanders' attempt to claim vindication in court by citing a minor point the judge made about the First Amendment is petty and disingenuous at best. When a White House intern tried to take the mic away from Acosta, he continued to hold onto it.

Under the ruling, Acosta will temporarily receive his press pass back, while the full lawsuit proceeds.

Extra, extra, read all about it: CNN's Jim Acosta has his press pass back.

"I want to thank all of my colleagues in the press who supported us this week", he said.

Judge Kelly did not address the First Amendment's protections for freedom of speech and the press, but instead focused on due process provisions of the Constitution that provide for fair treatment through a judicial process.

"The president and White House possess the same broad discretion to regulate access to the White House for journalists (and other members of the public) that they possess to select which journalists receive interviews, or which journalists they acknowledge at press conferences", said the brief.

"There must be decorum at the White House", she added. "We want total freedom of the press", Trump told reporters. "But more importantly, we'll just leave". But you have to act with respect when you're at the White house, and when I see the way some of my people get treated at news conferences, it's bad.

The White House says it will "temporarily reinstate" the White House press credentials of CNN reporter Jim Acosta in response to a judge's order.

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Frustrated by Acosta's criticism of a campaign ad, Trump finally said: "You should let me run the country and you should run CNN".

He stressed that journalists need to understand their First Amendment rights are "sacred". But reporters must show respect, he said.

Acosta, during a press conference, asked Trump a series of questions that the president didn't much like.

The White House suspended Acosta's press pass following a heated exchange between the CNN journalist and Donald Trump at a press conference.

Kelly on Friday seemed unpersuaded, calling the White House's initial justification "of questionable accuracy" and "likely untrue".

Speaking after the ruling, Ted Boutros, an attorney for CNN said the news organization is "extremely pleased with the ruling today".

Judge Timothy J. Kelly, a Trump-appointed judge, found that since the president did not inform Acosta at the press conference that he would or could have his credential taken, that Acosta's due process rights under the Fifth Amendment had been violated.

This decision wasn't a close case, but Trump people are so often willing to debase themselves in service of the president that I guess it's nice to see one of his judges rule in a manner consistent with basic Constitutional principles.

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