The White House issued a new set of “rules” for journalists in attendance at presidential news conferences after this week’s legal battle with CNN over reporter Jim Acosta’s press pass.
Going forward, reporters are only allowed to ask one question each and give back the microphone when asked, according to a letter distributed Monday by press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and deputy chief of staff for communications Bill Shine. The consequences for breaking any of these rules could include suspension or revocation of a reporter’s press pass.
The cementing of regulations occurred on the same day that the White House decided to restore Acosta’s hard pass after revoking it last week, prompting CNN to file suit. In a heated exchange caught on camera, Acosta refused to cede the microphone when questioning President Donald Trump.
The White House then barred Acosta from its grounds and tweeted a sped-up video of the incident, making it look like Acosta used force against the woman who tried to pry the microphone away from him.
CNN dropped its lawsuit on Monday after days of legal back-and-forth.