Donald Trump has begun gnawing away at the pillar of the Constitutionally guaranteed free press. The president set up CNN’s top White House correspondent, Jim Acosta. Then, he yanked the journalist’s credentials, which locked him not only out of the White House, but off the grounds. Acosta was simply doing his job, but Trump wants to be honored and complimented. Now, we see that POTUS just might be winning in this sad situation after he sent Acosta a threatening letter.
CNN senior media correspondent, Brian Stelter tweeted:
‘Friday’s court ruling means that a temporary restraining order is in effect for 14 days. But W.H. officials sent
@Acosta a letter stating that his press pass is set to be suspended again once the restraining order expires… https://bit.ly/2Kfv1fY
Trump pulled CNN’s Acosta’s credentials, because the president was mad at him. U.S.. District Judge Timothy Kelly forced the administration to restore Acosta’s credentials for 14 days. However, those days have been steadily ticking off.
Communications Director Bill Shine and Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders signed a letter that the White House sent to Acosta, saying they will be re-revoking his credentials, and they also notified CNN.
The White House correspondent sent a response through his attorneys, objecting.
CNN released a statement that said the Trump administration was putting “all journalists and news organizations” at risk:
‘The White House is continuing to violate the First and 5th Amendments of the Constitution. These actions threaten all journalists and news organizations. Jim Acosta and CNN will continue to report the news about the White House and the President.’
Normally, the White House Press Room is a highly competitive environment, with journalists vying for the press secretary’s attention. However, these are not normal times, and the journalists have been binding together to protect their rights to a free press.
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