New rules? Trump announces how WH will deal with Acosta. Twitter users offer creative ideas of their own

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.

Some offered up other creative solutions to include putting Acosta in the back of the press pool.

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