The White House lawyers fought back in court against CNN and Jim Acosta as they made their case to keep the ban in place.
“The President and White House possess the same broad discretion to regulate access to the White House for journalists (and other members of the public) that they possess to select which journalists receive interviews, or which journalists they acknowledge at press conferences,” they wrote.
Sarah Sanders added her two cents with a statement that was heavy on common sense and light on legal mumbo jumbo as Sarah prefers to let the facts do the talking.
Sarah said, “The White House cannot run an orderly and fair press conference when a reporter acts this way, which is neither appropriate nor professional…
The First Amendment is not served when a single reporter, of more than 150 present, attempts to monopolize the floor. If there is no check on this type of behavior it impedes the ability of the President, the White House staff, and members of the media to conduct business.”
But most Americans were waiting for Trump to weigh in on the whole Jim Acosta drama and he just did… and as usual, Trump did not disappoint. From The Daily Mail:
Donald Trump said Wednesday that CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta, who has been banned from the White House complex for the past week, is ‘bad for the country.’
Acosta, he said, ‘is just somebody who gets up and grandstands. He doesn’t even know what he’s asking you half of the time.’
The president’s comments on the controversy were his first since his legal team fired a salvo at CNN hours earlier, responding to a lawsuit the network filed after Acosta lost his press credentials. That followed a clash with a female White House intern over a microphone during a Nov. 7 press conference.
‘We’ll see how the court rules,’ Trump told The Daily Caller, asking whether ‘it[‘s] freedom of the press when somebody comes in and starts screaming questions and won’t sit down.’
‘He was very rude to the young lady,’ he said of the intern, who the White House has declined to identify.
‘I really think that when you have guys like Acosta, I think they’re bad for the country. … He’s just an average guy who’s a grandstander,’ Trump said, while acknowledging that Acosta is a reporter ‘who’s got the guts to stand up and shout.’
“I have always endeavored to conduct myself as a diligent but respectful reporter who asks probing but fair questions,” Acosta wrote on CNN earlier.
“The revocation of my White House press credential not only destroys my ability to perform my current job, it will follow me for the rest of my career. My reputation and my future career prospects have all been significantly harmed if not completely devastated.”
“This has frightened both me and my family and required us to take additional security measures in our daily lives,” he said.