White House to Temporarily Reinstate CNN Reporter’s Pass

The White House announced Friday it will “temporarily” reinstate a press pass for CNN reporter Jim Acosta after a court ruled he had been improperly barred following a heated exchange with President Donald Trump.

Trump spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said, “in response to the court, we will temporarily reinstate the reporter’s hard pass.”

But she left open the possibility of seeking to remove Acosta’s access later and said new rules would be imposed “to ensure fair and orderly press conferences.”

In a ruling Friday, Judge Timothy Kelly issued a temporary restraining order that requires the White House to restore Acosta’s access until a full hearing is held.

After the contentious decision to bar Acosta, CNN and other media groups, including Trump-endorsed Fox News, backed the lawsuit which claimed the revoking of the reporter’s pass violated constitutional guarantees of a free press.

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