Earlier today President Trump told Fox News “If he misbehaves, we’ll throw him out” about Jim Acosta. Earlier the White House revoked the CNN reporters press pass, which caused CNN to complain loudly, whine a little, and then file a lawsuit. A judge today ruled for Jim Acosta and CNN, temporarily restoring his press pass.
Trump had an interview Fox News Sunday for a long interview. The interview was with Chris Wallace, which was his first interview with Trump since he took office.
When Wallace told him Acosta’s press past was restored by a judge, Trump said “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.”
Next Wallace asked what rules the administration would add for reporters in the White House. “We’re writing them now. We’ll have rules of decorum, you know you can’t keep asking questions. 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,” Trump said.
Pushing for specifics, Wallace asked if certain things are going to be considered “over the line” and Trump reiterated that these new rules are being written now, but that they will cover “decorum” and outline that reporters “can’t keep asking questions.”
“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,” Trump said, referring to Acosta refusing to give up a mic during a briefing last week, which led to the revocation of his White House access.
Going forward, Trump said his strategy during briefings will be to simply leave if he doesn’t like the way it’s going.
“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,” Trump said. “And those reporters will not be too friendly to whoever it is that’s acting up.”
The judge’s ruling is temporary and will most likely be reversed in the near future. The temporary order lasts for only two weeks (fourteen days).