On Friday, President Donald Trump spoke out about CNN’s chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta. Acosta lost his press pass earlier this month due to a verbal back-and-forth with the president and an incident with a female White House intern.
Earlier today, a federal judge ruled that the White House must restore Acosta’s press pass. However, President Trump does not seem worried, according to The Hill.
An Overview of the President’s Statements
During a Fox News interview with Chris Wallace, Trump shared his thoughts pertaining to the judge’s ruling in the matter:
“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.”
The president then noted that the White House is “writing up the rules” at this time. Trump also stated that consequences will follow if Acosta breaches the rules and regulations of conduct.
“It’s not a big deal and if he misbehaves we’ll throw him out or we’ll stop the news conference.”
Finally, President Trump declared that Acosta’s behavior at his last press conference served as a disruption to other reporters.
“We had a lot of reporters in that room, many, many reporters in that room. 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. You know just shouting out questions and making statements too.”
Controversy Surrounding Acosta’s Loss of Press Credentials
Similarly to today’s news of the federal judge’s order, reports of Acosta losing his press pass rapidly made headlines last week. Americans on different sides of the aisle weighed in with their viewpoints and thoughts. Some individuals stated that the White House had the right to remove Acosta’s credentials due to his conduct.
However, not all people shared this view. Others maintained that the loss of Acosta’s press pass stemmed from President Trump’s dislike of Acosta’s questions. Talk about whether or not the loss of credentials infringed on the First Amendment also arose.
President Trump’s complete interview with Fox News will air on Sunday, November 18, 2018.