CNN announced on Monday that after a public feud and legal battle with the White House, the administration restored White House correspondent Jim Acosta’s press credentials.
This conduct is absolutely unacceptable. It is also completely disrespectful to the reporter’s colleagues not to allow them an opportunity to ask a question. President Trump has given the press more access than any President in history.
— Stephanie Grisham (@PressSec) November 8, 2018
According to Politico, CNN said that given the restoration, it no longer needed to pursue its lawsuit against the White House.
The White House has indicated, however, that Acosta could again lose his press pass. CNN’s Brian Stelter reported Monday that the White House told Acosta it planned to revoke his press pass after the judge’s restraining order ended its 14-day time span.
When the White House responded to the judge’s ruling, Sanders demanded “decorum” from the press.
Acosta lost his press pass after a testy exchange in which he appeared to argue with President Donald Trump over the controversial migrant caravan.
Watch their exchange below:
JUDGE FOR YOURSELF: Did @Acosta "plac[e] his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a @WhiteHouse intern," as @PressSec claims? Here’s the video of the exchange being used as pretext to suspend @Acosta's credentials. pic.twitter.com/3ku9C2iBrk
— Kenneth P. Vogel (@kenvogel) November 8, 2018
In response to Sanders’ accusation, Acosta issued a denial and claimed the White House was trying to avoid tough questions.
UPDATE [11/19/18, 4:33 p.m. EST]: CNN reported that the White House described the pass’ restoration as a “final determination.” The White House said that if Acosta failed to follow its new rules — which included limiting each reporter to one question — he could again lose his press pass.
Here's the letter from Shine and Sanders listing "rules governing future press conferences." The Q: Will we be back here in a week or a month, with the W.H. banning someone else? pic.twitter.com/7HpMpBsCEO
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) November 19, 2018
“A journalist called upon to ask a question will ask a single question and then will yield the floor to other journalists,” a letter from the White House read.