White House Restores Jim Acosta's Press Pass

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Trump and his administration backed down from a legal fight with the network.

The White House has restored the press pass of CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta after a brief legal battle, the network reported Monday.

"Having received a formal reply from your counsel to our letter of November 16, we have made a final determination in this process: your hard pass is restored," CNN reported the White House said Monday in a letter. "Should you refuse to follow these rules in the future, we will take action in accordance with the rules set forth above. The President is aware of this decision and concurs."

Per CNN — which has since dropped its lawsuit against the White House — the letter included several new rules for reporters at White House press conferences, including "a single question" from each journalist with follow-ups allowed at "at the discretion of the President or other White House officials." 

The White House on Friday sent a letter saying Acosta's press pass could be revoked again following a temporary restraining order granted by a federal judge expires. CNN won the temporary restraining order earlier on Friday, forcing the White House to restore Acosta's press access for 14 days. 

President Donald Trump recently spoke out about the restoration of Acosta's press pass during an interview with Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday. Trump — who revoked Acosta's pass after scrapping with him at a news conference earlier this month — downplayed the judge's decision to restore Acosta's pass but derided an alleged lack of "decorum" among reporters who cover the administration.

The president also told Wallace that the White House has plans to write up rules of conduct for reporters at news conferences, adding, "If he misbehaves, we'll throw him out or we'll stop the news conference."

On Monday afternoon, the White House Correspondents’ Association president Olivier Knox released the following statement: “The White House did the right thing in restoring Jim Acosta’s hard pass. The White House Correspondents’ Association had no role in crafting any procedures for future press conferences. For as long as there have been White House press conferences, White House reporters have asked follow-up questions. We fully expect this tradition will continue. We will continue to make the case that a free and independent news media plays a vital role in the health of our republic.”

Nov. 19, 3:18 p.m. Updated with WHCA statement.