White House issues rules for press conferences

CNN’s Jim Acosta will soon be back in the White House, likely making the news soon thereafter.

You’ll remember the White House actually revoked Acosta’s White House credentials after a contentious few moments with President Donald Trump.

Trump was holding a press conference following the Nov. 6 midterm elections. The president then took questions and when it came time for Acosta, well things went about as good as you’d expect. Acosta continued shouting questions, refusing to hand over the microphone and appeared to touch a White House intern attempting take the mic from Acosta.

Following that mess, the White House took Acosta’s credentials. CNN filed a  lawsuit and this past Friday, a judge ordered Acosta’s pass be restored for 14 days, saying that his 5th Amendment rights were violated.

Now, apparently in an attempt to avoid these kind of situations in the future, the White House issued new rules regarding press conferences:

  1. A journalist called upon to ask a question will ask a single question and then yield the floor to other journalists;
  2. At the discretion of the President or other White House officials taking questions, a follow-up question or questions may be permitted; and where a follow up has been allowed and asked, the questioner will then yield the floor;
  3. “Yielding the floor includes, when applicable physically surrendering the microphone to White House staff for use by the other questioner;
  4. Failure to abide by any of these rules (1)-(3) may result in suspension or revocation of the journalist’s hard pass.

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