White House caves and fully restores CNN reporter Jim Acosta's credentials

Jamaica Gleaner

The White House has said it will put in place new rules for journalists at press briefings; CNN on Monday reported one of "several" of them contained in the letter to Acosta: Each journalist shall ask "a single question" at a time, unless allowed follow-ups "at the discretion of the President or other White House officials".

In his closing remarks, Kelly made clear that the ruling, which is only the beginning of the court proceedings to decide Acosta's White House access, was narrow and didn't determine whether or not Acosta's First Amendment right was violated.

A lawyer for CNN and Acosta, in a court filing Monday, claimed the White House was trying to punish Acosta based on "retroactive" application of rules that aren't written yet - and asked for a hearing next week. The White House reminded the reporter that he would be stripped of his pass again when the injunction expires.

The White House earlier reinstated the CNN reporter's status following a temporary injunction by a US District Court lasting 14 days. For the moment, it appears they will not do so.

CNN, a frequent target of Trump's criticism of the news media, said in a statement its lawsuit challenging the White House's actions was no longer necessary.

On a trip to California Saturday, the president emphasized that journalists have to treat the White House with respect, in answering questions about Acosta's situation.

U.S. President Donald Trump gets into an exchange with CNN reporter Jim Acosta during a news conference a day after the midterm elections on November 7, 2018 in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC. "We look forward to continuing to cover the White House".

"Today the @WhiteHouse fully restored @Acosta's press pass", the CNN public relations account wrote.

The drama between the White House and Jim Acosta isn't over yet.

Trump seemed to shrug off the loss, telling Fox's Chris Wallace in an interview that "it's not a big deal". The letter cited his conduct at President Trump's November 7 press conference, where he asked multiple follow-up questions and didn't give up the microphone right away.

Kelly himself emphasized on Friday that he wasn't ruling on the First Amendment issue (yet), only the due process issue, so it's understandable that people would focus on that part of it.

Mr Trump erupted into anger during a news conference when Acosta questioned him about the so-called migrant caravan travelling through Mexico and about an ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

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