White House tightens rules for journalists after CNN conflict

After a conflict with CNN reporter Jim Acosta, the administration of the US president is introducing new rules for journalists during press conferences at the White House. Said on Monday, November 19, in Washington, a spokesman for Donald Trump, Sarah Sanders.

According to her, from now on every journalist will be allowed to ask only one question, additional questions will be possible only after the approval of the president. Failure to comply with the new rules threatens the deprivation of accreditation, said Sanders.

In a legal dispute with the CNN media company, the White House decided to yield, and the accreditation of Jim Acosta was completely “restored,” said Sarah Sanders. After that, CNN withdrew its lawsuit against Trump and several employees of his administration, filed on November 13 in a federal court in Washington.
Earlier, on November 16, the court ordered the White House to temporarily restore accreditation to Acosta before rendering a final verdict on the claim of the media company. Now the status of temporary accreditation is again changed to permanent, but Sanders threatened a CNN journalist that if he failed to comply with the new “established rules” of conduct, accreditation could be revoked.

The conflict between Acosta and Trump occurred on November 7 during a press conference when Trump did not like the question asked by Acosta about the “migrant caravan”, as well as his attempt to remind the head of state of Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 elections. After that, Trump called journalists CNN “enemies of the people”, and soon after that, the reporter was deprived of accreditation.