The Trump administration is defending its right to control who covers it. President Trump’s lawyers in a legal filing on Wednesday said the president has “broad discretion” to control journalists’ access to the White House. If the president wants to exclude all journalists from the West Wing, he can, one Trump attorney argued as part of a lawsuit brought by CNN over the revoking of Jim Acosta’s press pass.
—QUOTABLE: “If the president wants to exclude all reporters from the White House grounds, he has the authority to do that…there’s no First Amendment right.” -Deputy Assistant Attorney General James Burnham
CNN reporter Jim Acosta has been proven wrong about the border. In a testy exchange with President Trump at a press conference last week, Acosta assailed Trump’s assertion that the migrant caravan is an “invasion” and insisted Trump is wrong when he says the migrants would try to climb the border fence when they arrived. But new video from a section of the border where the caravan has started trickling in shows exactly that—migrants taunting U.S. border patrol officials by…climbing the wall. No word yet from Acosta about retracting his statement.
—TRUMP VS. ACOSTA: “Your campaign had an ad showing migrants climbing over walls and so on, but they’re not going to be doing that.” -Acosta
—“They’re not actors,” Trump replied. “They weren’t actors. Well, no, it was true. Do you think they were actors? They weren’t actors. They didn’t come from Hollywood.” -Trump
President Trump says he’s not sure whether the White House would win a lawsuit with CNN that it’s now embroiled in. The network filed suit after Trump officials yanked the press credentials from their top correspondent, Jim Acosta, after Acosta went too far in his latest grandstanding event at a recent press conference. There isn’t necessarily a First Amendment right for any journalist to have access to the West Wing regardless of their behavior. In this case, the White House says Acosta laid hands on a press pool intern, while CNN contends the action will have a chilling effect on reporters.
—QUOTABLE: “The White House cannot run an orderly and fair press conference when a reporter acts this way, which is neither appropriate nor professional. The First Amendment is not served when a single reporter, of more than 150 present, attempts to monopolize the floor. If there is no check on this type of behavior it impedes the ability of the President, the White House staff, and members of the media to conduct business.” -Sarah Sanders statement
CNN might be getting ready to sue President Trump’s administration. That’s according to Sam Donaldson, who on Sunday afternoon said the network was planning legal action over the White House stripping CNN correspondent Jim Acosta of his press credentials. The network itself said no such decision has been reached and that such talk was premature. Acosta and Trump got into a now-infamous scuffle where Acosta refused to hand the mic over to a White House intern, precipitating the press pass revocation.
—QUOTABLE: “I’ve been told that — because I’ve been asked to give an affidavit which I’ve prepared to be submitted to the court.” -Donaldson
The White House has suspended Jim Acosta’s credentials. The CNN reporter who got into yet another heated clash with President Trump at a press conference this week learned of the move to evict him from the press pool when a Secret Service officer confiscated his credentials that give him access to the White House. Press Secretary Sarah Sanders cited Acosta’s tussle with a young female press aid during the conference where he refused to give her the microphone.
—QUOTABLE: The White House will “never tolerate a reporter placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern.” -Sanders
Clinton News Network’s grandstander in chief got into another verbal scuffle with President Trump. At a Wednesday news conference, CNN’s Jim Acosta pretended to ask a question, but instead gave a speech about his thoughts on Trump’s characterizing the caravan as an “invasion.” Acosta, known for his attempts to pick fights with Trump and White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders, refused to give up the microphone after the president answered his question and continued to challenge Trump on a TV ad his campaign ran. CNN should be ashamed of itself for employing Acosta, Trump said, bIecause he’s rude.
—QUOTABLE: “I tell you what, CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them. You are a rude, terrible person…You shouldn’t be working for CNN. You are a very rude person. The way that you treat Sarah Huckabee is horrible. And the way that you treat other people are horrible. You shouldn’t treat people that way.” -Trump
CNN responded to President Trump’s confrontation with their correspondent Jim Acosta in a statement Wednesday afternoon. And they are very, very disturbed. Trump’s “attacks on the press” are “un-American,” the network stated. The statement was in response to a heated exchange between Trump and Acosta after the correspondent picked a fight with the president over his characterization of the incoming migrant caravan as an “invasion.”
—QUOTABLE: “This President’s ongoing attacks on the press have gone too far. They are not only dangerous, they are disturbingly un-American…While President Trump has made it clear he does not respect a free press, he has a sworn obligation to protect it. A free press is vital to democracy, and we stand behind Jim Acosta and his fellow journalists everywhere.” -CNN statement
Stephen Colbert is ripping Jim Acosta. The CNN grandstander-in-chief had another confrontation with President Trump during a news conference on Wednesday, with Acosta asking if one of his female colleagues could ask Trump a question after he was done. “It would be great if a female reporter would ask you a question about this issue,” Acosta said in a nauseating display of virtue signaling while asking about accusations against Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh. The president said he “wouldn’t mind that at all,” then called on a female correspondent…from NBC. Acosta and Trump have had a rocky relationship, and the president has dubbed ol’ Jim and his employer “fake news.”