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CNN’s chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta may have gotten what he wanted this holiday season, but it’s coming with strings attached that he’s not going to like one bit.

After revoking Acosta’s White House press pass, then reinstating a temporary one, the Trump administration has given the reporter a more permanent pass so he can again have access to press conferences with President Trump and White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on White House grounds.

Acosta lost his access the day after the midterm elections after he refused to let the next reporter ask questions, manhandled a female intern who tried to get the White House microphone from him and argued with the president instead of simply asking questions.

After a judge ordered the Trump administration to restore Acosta’s access temporarily, they complied. And when his new pass was set to expire and CNN was threatening more legal action, the White House gave him back his hard pass — but along with it came a new set of rules, CBS News reported.

Sanders and Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications Bill Shine explained as simply and clearly as they could what those new rules are and why they’ll now have to impose them. The scorching fire in the letter they sent to Acosta Monday was plainly evident.

“We received a letter from your counsel yesterday responding to our notice letter of November 16, 2018. That letter says, among other things, that ‘there are no so-called ‘widely understood practices’’ governing the conduct of journalists cover the White House,” they wrote. “This statement impresses us as incorrect.”

“Over many years, members of the White House press corps have attended countless press events with the President and other officials without engaging in the behavior you displayed at the November 7, 2018 press conference,” they continued.

Then they laid down the rules, explaining that journalists get to ask just one question each but may be allowed a follow-up. When their turn is over, they must “yield the floor,” which means handing over the microphone so the next reporter can have it. And if reporters break the rules, they can have their press pass suspended or revoked.

Sanders and Shine also warned that “a more elaborate set of rules might be devised” for journalists’ conduct in other parts of the White House or on Air Force One, but “at this time, we have decided not to frame such rules in the hope that professional journalistic norms will suffice to regulate conduct in those places.”

They added that there should continue to be “give-and-take” back and forth between the president and the reporters so that the White House doesn’t have “to devise a lengthy and detailed code of conduct” for events.

“Should you refuse to follow these rules in the future, we will take action in accordance to the rules set forth above,” Sanders and Shine concluded. “The President is aware of this decision and concurs.”

And then they sweetly added: “Happy Thanksgiving.”



  1. scot_belle

    November 22, 2018 at 1:45 am

    Etiquette lesson, 101a. 🙂

    • brendantexas

      November 22, 2018 at 5:34 am

      Donald J. Trump the people of this great country will not be silent if the persecution of Publisher and Truth teller Julian Assange moves forward. Against the backdrop of #FakeNews Wikileaks has been instrumental in exposing the Clinton cabal and ensuring your victory against her. We are greatful for his help and we are demanding, not asking that you return that favor on behalf of the American people and issue a Pre-Emptive Presidential Pardon IMMEDIATLEY!!! #OperationFreeAssange

      • Chris W. Furry

        November 24, 2018 at 8:46 pm

        Thanks to Julian Assange, the corruption of the DNC was exposed, as well as the participants.

  2. soupy

    November 22, 2018 at 2:05 am

    Jim Accost-Ya, the one who had diarrhea in the hot tub.

  3. Randy Sieg

    November 22, 2018 at 2:09 am

    Jim Acosta is busy trying to make a big name for himself… he insults the President of the United Sates & his press secretary, Sarah Sanders… then hurries off to play the victim… he does nothing but spew division & hate, continually shows bias & intentional ignorance… being “the king of Fake News” he has zero credibility… he has zero credibility… It’s was way past time for Acosta to be excluded and to have his White House press credentials pulled… these Washington bottom dwellers are desperate… can you imagine the outrage if these kind of things had been said & foisted on Obama when he was president… DRAIN THE SWAMP MR. PRESIDENT…

  4. Puddy

    November 22, 2018 at 2:09 am

    Why oh why oh WHY are the reporters being allowed to handle the microphone at all? Get the young lady intern who was ACOSTED, or better yet, a big strapping guy with a large boom mic, to hold the microphone up to the reporter’s mouth while s/he is asking their question; the the mic can be easily gotten out of their range once the President deems that the reporter’s time is up, and the person holding the mic can move to the next reporter.


    • Preston Jemmott

      November 24, 2018 at 3:46 am

      Good idea that way if they attempt to misbehave they can be bopped in the mouth with the boom,particularly Jim Acosta

  5. Jim

    November 22, 2018 at 2:15 am

    She forgot to tell him that he may ASK a question. Not make a statement. He is there to REPORT and not BE.

  6. Cliff

    November 22, 2018 at 2:16 am

    With his behavior on that day,he needed to be kicked out ! Do care what so judge says,he wasn’t there and you know he wouldn’t put up with it in his court, get a grip, mouthy people need to be held accountable for bad behavior.

  7. James Kelly

    November 22, 2018 at 2:43 am

    acosta bad manners have consequences; and Karma is gona have your ass.


  8. Synickel

    November 22, 2018 at 3:19 am

    Hard to have rules for journalists, when there are no real journalist in the MSM.

  9. Richard Cole

    November 22, 2018 at 3:23 am

    The basic problem is this, people like Acosta have no journalist ethics. Thus he and others like him will still be a problem, my suggestion, upon his first misstep, kick him out, permanently.

  10. Rebecca Holstine

    November 22, 2018 at 5:24 am

    There are several so called journalist that need to grow up and realize they are no longer in college where they are protected and have a safe place. If they haven’t learned how to act at a press conference, they shouldn’t be there. End of story.

  11. Joel Johnston

    November 22, 2018 at 8:08 am

    Please Acosta – Open your big fat mouth at the very first opportunity – so they can dispatch with you right away. America can’t stand your behavior. You need to be a border reporter – on the other side of the barbed wire.

  12. robert stevens

    November 22, 2018 at 9:25 am

    The only way to ensure that press conferences are not abused is for the principle holding the conference to instantly walk away and leave the consequences of the abuse to the journalistic
    peers of the abuser

  13. Mark Terzano

    November 22, 2018 at 12:55 pm

    His first amendments rights where violated, how about the first amendment rights of the people to hear the truth. What a whoos.

  14. Joe

    November 22, 2018 at 1:22 pm

    The judge was an asshole to allow him to get his pass back. I wood never call on him aginn

  15. Sparky64

    November 22, 2018 at 2:38 pm

    As far as I know their is no law or constitutional right that can force them to calling on a journalist. All Trump has to do is never let Acosta ask his questions and just sit there quietly. And if Acosta or another so called journalist then creates a disturbance they can get booted, or Trump could just say thank you for coming and have a great day and end the press conference. If journalist are incapable of using self-restraint then they have no business being there in the first place. And that is what these new rules of conduct will hopefully enforce. This is going to get very interesting watching a bunch of adults crying like little infants.

  16. Dan

    November 22, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    There’s no way Acosta can keep his mouth shut and follow these rules! Look for him to get his ass canned again. Maybe this time for good! He is an arrogant smart ass who is looking for show rather than trying to report factual news! A Jerk in other words!

  17. Oscar V Pearson

    November 22, 2018 at 6:08 pm

    Your fellow journalists will be so happy that you forced the Presidents hand on this. Now you will follow the rules and not be a jerk.

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