Donald Trump said on Friday that the White House is working on new “rules and regulations” for reporters after a judge ordered the administration to restore the suspended press credentials of CNN correspondent Jim Acosta.
CNN scored a legal win Friday morning in their lawsuit against the Trump Administration for revoking Acosta’s hard pass as punishment for his fiery encounter with the president a week ago. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders promised that new rules and processes would be put into place for media events, saying “the court made clear that there is no absolute First Amendment right to access the White House.”
When Trump was asked to respond to the lawsuit, he spoke of the need for decorum while saying the media was “treated unfairly” because of Acosta’s questioning. He ended up taking more shots at Acosta as well and said he and his representatives might get up and walk away in the future if they feel they aren’t treated properly.
“People have to behave and we are writing up rules and regulations. If they don’t listen to the rules and regulations, we will end up back in court and we will win. More importantly, we will just leave. Then you won’t be very happy. We do get good ratings…You can’t take three or four questions and stand up and not sit down. You were there and you understand. We want total freedom of the press. That’s very important. More important to me than anybody would believe. You have to act with respect in the White House. When I see the way my people get treated, it’s terrible.”
TRUMP on White House's preliminary loss to CNN in court: "People have to behave… decorum. You can't take 3 questions and 4 questions, and stand up and not sit down… total freedom of the press is more important to me than anybody would believe, but you have to act w/respect." pic.twitter.com/B85VyoDRUH
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 16, 2018