On Friday, a federal judge ruled that the White House needed to reinstate CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s credentials after they revoked his press pass last week following a press conference where Mr. Trump became incensed by his questions. Acosta continued to hold on to the microphone while asking questions when a press aide attempted to take it away. CNN sued and argued that it violated Acosta’s First Amendment rights.
Of course, the president needed to have the last word about the situation. Basically brushing off Judge Kelly’s ruling, he said:
‘Yeah, it’s fine. I mean, it’s not a big deal.
‘What they said though is that we have to create rules and regulations for conduct, etc., etc. We’re doing that, were going to write them up right now. It’s not a big deal. And if he misbehaves, we’ll throw him out or we’ll stop the news conference.’
Trump went on to say:
‘We had a lot of reporters in that room, many, many reporters in that room and they were unable to ask questions because this guy gets up and starts you know doing what he’s supposed to be doing for him and for CNN and you know just shouting out questions and making statements, too.
‘But I will say this, look, nobody believes in the First Amendment more than I do, and if I think somebody is acting out of sorts, I will leave. I will say, “thank you very much everybody, I appreciate you coming,” and I’ll leave.’
NEW: "People have to behave," Pres. Trump says on Acosta ruling. "We're writing up rules and regulations…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." pic.twitter.com/cIYuiPAklA
— ABC News (@ABC) November 16, 2018
U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly argued that the White House violated Acosta and CNN’s Fifth Amendment rights to due process by kicking Acosta out, but did not say their First Amendment rights to free speech were infringed.
Acosta and CNN have both argued that the press pass was revoked because Trump did not like the questions he was asking. Acosta was persistent in challenging the president about the group of migrants headed towards the border, and this ignited his temper. Judge Kelly said the White House’s characterization of Acosta “placing his hands” on the intern was likely untrue.
Trump mumbled some more hogwash to the press, saying he wants “total freedom of press,” but reporters have to be respectful. He said:
‘It’s very important to me. It’s more important to me than anyone would believe.’
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued a statement, saying that the White House will “further develop rules and processes to ensure fair and orderly press conferences in the future. There must be decorum at the White House.”
On Friday, he also addressed questions about the Mueller investigation during the press conference. He told the press he had written answers to questions asked by the special counsel. He said:
‘I write the answers. I was asked a series of questions. I answered them very easily.’
Those that work closely with Mr. Trump say he has been in a fiery mood for the past week and some have even reported avoiding him. After the Democrats clinched control of the House following last week’s elections and his trip to Paris didn’t go as planned, the president is becoming unglued.
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