White House threatens all journalists with vow to 'throw Acosta out'

CNN's Jim Acosta's enters the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington D.C. after a judge ordered the Trump Administration to return his press pass. On Friday

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A Federal judge had already given Acosta a favorable ruling in the case - granting him a temporary restraining order and decreeing that his credentials be returned for 14 days.

A federal judge on Friday ordered that Acosta's credentials be restored, after he granted CNN's request for a 14-day temporary restraining order, ruling that the administration failed to give their chief White House correspondent his due process by revoking his hard pass after a contentious November 7 press conference. "Jim Acosta and CNN will continue to report the news about the White House and the President", the cable network said in a statement.

Acosta was barred from entering the White House a day after he had a heated exchange with President Trump during a news conference on November 8.

But after Acosta's press pass was pulled, the network filed a lawsuit against the president, alleging that he violated its First and Fifth Amendment rights.

In their letter, they wrote that Acosta failed to follow "basic, commonsense practices" for conduct that "are necessary for orderly press conferences that are fair to all journalists in attendance".

Notably, Kelly, referring to his ruling as "very limited" in nature, left the door open for the White House to revoke Acosta's credentials, granted due process is respected.

They said that understanding includes a reporter being called upon to ask a single question then yield the floor, unless the president allows a follow-up, and reporters yielding the floor and "when applicable, physically surrendering any microphone" to White House staff.

It said the White House expected to make its final decision on Acosta's credentials by 3pm local time on Friday.

"Whatever process occurred within the government is still so shrouded in mystery that the government at oral argument could not tell me who made the initial decision to revoke Mr. Acosta's press pass", Kelly said on Friday. "These actions threaten all journalists and news organizations", CNN said. In other words, the White House can't just revoke a reporter's press pass for no good reason.

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While Trump's relationship with the media is reminiscent of the way the Nixon administration dealt with the press, it's not uncommon for a sitting President to have a fractious relationship with the media.

Asked what they would entail, he said: "We're going to write them up right now. we'll have rules of decorum, you know, you can't keep asking questions".

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