CNN reporter Jim Acosta won the first round of a battle with the White House last week after President Donald Trump had his press pass revoked, but the White House has indicated it will not give up so easily: after the temporary restraining order that restored Acosta’s press pass runs out, the reporter will find himself suspended again.
> On Sunday night, CNN’s Brian Stelter reported in hisReliable Sourcesnewsletter that White House officials sent Acosta a letter stating that his pass will be snatched out of his hands again when the two-week order issued by a judge last Friday runs out.
> Acosta had his credentials torn up after a row with the president at a press conference the day after the Midterm elections when Trump appeared to be in a foul mood. The White House accused the reporter of “[placing] his hands” on an intern who tried to take the microphone away from him while he was pressing Trump over inflammatory rhetoric about immigrants.
> CNN won its legal battle against the Trump administration Friday when U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Kelly, a Trump appointee, granted the network’s request for a temporary restraining order restoring Acosta’s White House press badge for 14 days.
Asked about the court case during an interview last week, Trump dismissed it as “not a big deal”, but then the president returned to threats: “If he misbehaves, we’ll throw him out. Or we’ll stop the news conference.”
> The president went on: “Nobody believes in the First Amendment more than I do… And if I think somebody’s acting out of sorts I will leave. I will say, ‘Thank you very much everybody, thank you very much for coming’ and I will leave. And those reporters will not be too friendly to whoever it is that’s acting up.”
And the White House followed suit, sending a letter to Acosta informing him he will lose his credentials again soon:
> CNN’s Stelter reported Sunday: “If you thought the Trump administration would seek to settle CNN and Jim Acosta's lawsuit out of court... think again.
> “After CNN won a temporary restraining order on Friday, forcing the White House to restore his press pass for 14 days, White House officials sent Acosta a letter stating that his pass is set to be suspended again once the restraining order expires.”
> Stelter added: “From the looks of the letter, the W.H. is trying to establish a paper trail that will empower the administration to boot Acosta again at the end of the month.”