President Trump Addresses Jim Acosta Ruling: 'People Have to Behave'

Fox News will support CNN’s lawsuit against Trump White House

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The court ruling and Acosta's return to broadcasting from the White House grounds is a rebuke to Trump as the president tries to recover from losses in midterm congressional elections.

President Trump seems to be already working on a plan to regulate press briefings, hours after a judge ruled an ousted CNN reporter's press access be reinstated.

Kelly did not rule on CNN's underlying case.

Judge Kelly agreed with the plaintiffs that the White House did not give Acosta due process by simply having a Secret Service officer demand his hard pass without any prior notice or opportunity to respond. He said that the administration's claim, that Trump himself had given him warning when he called out Acosta for "rude" behavior, was insufficient.

Boutrous told the judge that Acosta was not given "due process" as he was not informed in advance that his credentials would be revoked, nor was he given a way to appeal the decision prior to being suddenly prevented from re-entering the grounds of the White House. The administration's argument was such a stupid and obvious violation of the First Amendment, I'm not inclined to put this in the category of "Trump judges standing up to Donald Trump".

Acosta spoke briefly outside the court and thanked his colleagues in the press who supported the lawsuit.

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"Let's go back to work!".

Kelly criticized the USA government's action, commenting that CNN is likely to prevail in demonstrating the reporter was denied due process in the credential revocation process.

"Our honest thanks to all who have supported not just CNN, but a free, strong and independent American press", it read. Its broader lawsuit concerns whether the White House's decision to revoke his press pass was unconstitutional.

The White House revoked Acosta's credentials after he and Trump tangled during a press conference last week.

"While this narcissistic approach may serve plaintiff's self-interests as entertainers or media figures and the network that profits therefrom, they do not serve the interests of the forum", OANN said.

Sanders had accused Acosta of "placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern" and of preventing other reporters from asking questions at the news conference. Fox News too: They supported CNN in Acosta's suit, remember, knowing that a loss for CNN now would mean Fox being frozen out under the next Democratic administration.

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The case had turned into a Rorschach test for Americans and how they view the press in the Trump era, with partisans picking sides on Twitter. "Both of you were treated very unfairly because you have people interrupting you", the president said at the White House.

Then he said he would issue a ruling Thursday afternoon.

In public, the White House continued to argue that Acosta deserves to be blacklisted because he was too aggressive at the press conference.

It would be the easiest thing in the world for the White House to turn Acosta into a non-entity, just another cable-news squawker tut-tutting the president's decisions into a camera from the White House lawn. "We do get good ratings", he said. Many people can be prohibited from entering the White House without their freedom of speech becoming infringed.

In court, Justice Department lawyer James Burnham claimed the White House had the legal right to boot a reporter at any time.

Following the ruling, the White House said it would comply with the court order, and will "also further develop rules and processes to ensure fair and orderly press conferences in the future". "As a matter of law... yes", he said. At issue was whether U.S. Constitutional guarantees of freedom of the press and due process overcome the president's ability to decide who has access to the White House.

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