White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Friday the White House will “temporarily reinstate” CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s press badge after a U.S. district judge ruled the White House suspended it illegally.
But Sanders also said the White House would set up new rules to ensure “orderly” press conferences in the future to avoid disputes like the one that prompted it to take Acosta’s pass away.
“Today, the court made clear that there is no absolute First Amendment right to access the White House. In response to the court, we will temporarily reinstate the reporter’s hard pass. We will also further develop rules and processes to ensure fair and orderly press conferences in the future,” Sanders said in a statement Friday. “There must be decorum at the White House.”
The president weighed in on the ruling at a bill signing Friday, telling reporters that his administration is currently “writing up rules and regulations.”
“We have to practice decorum. We want total freedom of the press… we’re setting up a certain standard which is what the court is requesting,” the president said.
U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly ruled Friday that the White House must immediately restore Acosta’s “hard pass,” which allows reporters to get on the White House grounds to do their reporting.
The judge ruled that CNN demonstrated that Acosta’s right to due process had been violated when the White House did not give him an opportunity to appeal the administration’s decision to revoke his pass. The judge also claimed that Acosta suffered irreparable harm in that he was unable to attend possible newsworthy press conferences and events while his pass was revoked.