White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders explained the White House will be creating "standard practices" for reporters at press conferences moving forward, with the "basic minimum" being "if certain reporters like Jim Acosta can't be adults, then CNN needs to send somebody in there who can be".
"CNN issued a statement Sunday claiming officials were "[violating] the First and 5th Amendments of the Constitution". "These actions threaten all journalists and news organizations", CNN said. "Jim Acosta and CNN will continue to report the news about the White House and the President", the cable network said in a statement.
In their letter to Mr. Acosta on Friday the White House press officials said there had been a "shared understanding" of how press conferences work, and said Mr. Acosta's behavior violated those.
CNN reported on Sunday night that the White House has sent a letter to Acosta informing him of that planned action.
But Judge Kelly noted that his ruling was narrow.
Jim Acosta, a thorn in the side of Trump at numerous president's press conferences, had his credentials removed last week after a particularly volatile session in which he relentlessly pushed Trump with questions on the migrant caravan making its way to the US border.
"Today, the court made clear that there is no absolute First Amendment right to access the White House", Sanders said.
"These basic, commonsense practices are necessary for orderly press conferences that are fair to all journalists in attendance", they wrote, adding that "no other reporter" failed to live up to those standards at the November 7 press conference.
The White House called the lawsuit "grandstanding" and said CNN has almost 50 other journalists who can cover the White House, and Mr. Acosta's access is not critical to the cause of press freedom. "It's not a big deal and if he misbehaves, we'll throw him out or we'll stop the news conference", Trump said.
"If they don't listen to the rules and regulations we'll end up back in court and will win", Trump said. The White House, however, keyed in on the refusal of Acosta to give up the microphone, although they no longer are making the claim that in the process of doing so, he placed his hands on the intern.