By: Brian Evans
Earlier this week, CNN filed suit that claimed that the Trump administration was violating their First and Fifth Amendment rights, when they revoked Chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta’s press credentials.
It started when the White House took away Acosta’s hard pass last week after he began arguing with the President, and refused to give up the microphone to a White House intern. Then, a video of Acosta putting his hands on the intern was revealed, and Acosta’s credentials were revoked.
Then, on Friday morning, Judge Timothy J. Kelly issued an injunction that has ordered the White House to reinstate CNN’s Jim Acosta’s press pass. CNN was arguing that Acosta’s First Amendment rights trump the White House’s right to a peaceful, non-aggressive, and orderly press room.
Judge Kelly agreed with the White House that there is no First Amendment right to be on the White House grounds, but he went on to say that Acosta did not receive due process before his pass was revoked. The Judge then went on to explain that the Trump Administration is not required to call on Acosta at press events, but he said that Jim Acosta’s First Amendment rights are more important than the White House being able to have orderly press conferences.
In the end, this case is not over, as Judge Kelly has only provided temporary relief to CNN, but there will be more hearings, and an official ruling to be handed down in the coming days.
However, President Trump responded to the court ruling by stating to Chris Wallace on Fox News that…
“If He Misbehaves, We’ll Throw Him Out”
FOX News reported:
President Trump told Fox News’ Chris Wallace that he will kick CNN White House reporter Jim Acosta out of press conferences if he “misbehaves” going forward after a federal judge temporarily restored his press pass.
Trump sat down with the “Fox News Sunday” host on Friday for a wide-ranging discussion – the first time Wallace has interviewed Trump since he took office. Wallace pointed out that a federal judge ruled earlier Friday that the White House must reinstate Acosta’s press credential.
“Yeah, its 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 said.
Overall, the President is right. The White House cannot have belligerent, disrespectful, and vile people, reporters or not, being disrespectful to the White House staff, or fellow reporters. A press briefing was not designed to be for the press corp, but instead for the press to ask questions that allow the American people to stay informed, as to what the President and his Administration are doing, what issues they are addressing, and other matters. However, under President Obama, the press corp treated the Administration as their best friends, and now under the Trump Administration, they are ac