President Donald Trump reacted to a federal judge’s ruling in favor of restoring Jim Acosta’s press credentials, stating that the White House is “writing up rules and regulations” and people “have to behave.”
Trump-appointed U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly ruled Friday in favor of CNN’s request to restore Acosta’s “hard pass,” saying the White House decision to temporarily suspend the CNN reporter’s pass violated the due process he should have been shown.
“People have to behave. We’re writing up rules and regulations,” Trump told reporters gathered in the Oval Office on Friday, ABC News reported.
“If they don’t listen to the rules and regulations, we’ll end up back in court and we’ll win. But more importantly, we’ll just leave, and then you won’t be very happy,” he said.
“Decorum,” he responded to another question about what rules would be needed in future press conferences.
“You can’t take three questions and four questions, you can’t stand up and not sit down,” he explained, referring to Acosta’s antics during last week’s tense exchange with the president as the CNN correspondent would neither sit down nor relinquish the microphone after Trump had answered his questions.
“Decorum, you have to practice decorum,” Trump said.
“We want total freedom of the press. It’s very important to me,” he told reporters. “It’s more important to me than anybody would believe.”
“You have to act with respect, you’re in the White House,” he added. “When I see the way some of my people get treated at news conferences, it’s terrible. We’re setting up a certain standard which is what the court is requesting.”
The president reiterated that “we always have the option of leaving,” adding that “the other media and the press in the room won’rt be happy.”
While the judge ruled in Acosta’s favor and granted the injunction, Trump, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, and others can choose not to call on the CNN reporter.
One important thing to note; even though the judge ruled in Acosta’s favor, granted the injunction, and ordered the WH to reinstate his press pass, Judge Kelly also said that Trump, Sanders, etc. can choose not to call on Acosta.
Let’s see how Jim handles being frozen out.
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) November 16, 2018
Some offered up other creative solutions to include putting Acosta in the back of the press pool.
“You sir, to the left of Jim Acosta”
“You Ma’am, sitting behind Jim Acosta”
“You Sir, sitting 15 rows behind & to the left of Jim Acosta” https://t.co/5gkWWWzHAJ
— ??Marine Nationalist in Tejas?? (@MARINE_99ZULU) November 16, 2018
It’s only a temp pass. Justice Dept even said the WH has discretion on who comes in. So Jimmy has to be on his best behavior
— Rowdy Texan #freespeech #GrosslyOffensive (@jcan21984) November 16, 2018
Seconded. And you should hand him his formal notice of revocation during a press conference. “Oh, and Jim, no, not taking your question, here’s your letter. You have a week to appeal…”
— 1/1024th Wookie (@navymig) November 16, 2018
Time to show a back bone. NO MORE PRESS BRIEFINGS. Punish all media outlets for supporting CNN. Kick them all the hell out.
— ❌Tom Parker❌↗ (@tlparker1964) November 16, 2018
Agreed ignore him. @PressSec
— Excuse Me! (@SACitizen55) November 16, 2018
I guess I missed in in the Constitution where the United States Government owes him a living.
— Hock (@Hock_35) November 16, 2018
Just order Acosta to sit in the back row behind a screen.
— Smebl0 (@Smebl0) November 16, 2018
Apparently it was okay when Obama did it…https://t.co/X6Z7amwypO
— Sax (@PixxiStix) November 16, 2018
Today I won the biggest Participation Trophy of my career. I hope Sarah can see me from the back of the room. I’m sure she’ll call on me next.
— Jdaddy??⚾️☕? (@jdaddy65) November 16, 2018
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