President Donald Trump revealed in an exclusive interview with Fox News' Chris Wallace, which is set to air Sunday, what he plans to do the next time CNN's Jim Acosta, the news outlet's chief White House reporter, "misbehaves" during a press conference.
Trump's comments came after a federal judge, whom Trump appointed, ruled on Friday the White House must immediately reinstate Acosta's White House "hard pass." White House officials revoked Acosta's pass after he repeatedly interrupted the president during a Nov. 7 press conference.
Though officials revoked Acosta's "hard pass," that did not prevent him from obtaining a daily pass. At no point was Acosta's barred access to the White House.
What did Trump say?
The president told Wallace he plans to either toss Acosta from the news conference or immediately end it the next time he "misbehaves."
"Yeah, it’s fine. I mean it’s not a big deal. What they said though is that we have to create rules and regulations for conduct et cetera, et cetera," Trump said.
"We’re doing that, were going to write them up right now," the president added. "It’s not a big deal, and if he misbehaves we’ll throw him out or we’ll stop the news conference."
When pressed on the details of the new White House press regulations, Trump explained:
We’ll have rules of decorum you know you can’t keep asking questions. We had a lot of reporters in that room, many many reporters in that room and they were unable to ask questions because this guy gets up and starts you know doing what he’s supposed to be doing for him and for CNN and you know just shouting out questions and making statements, too.
But I will say this: Look, nobody believes in the First Amendment more than I do and if I think somebody is acting out of sorts I will leave I will say thank you very much, everybody, I appreciate you coming and I’ll leave. And those reporters will not be too friendly to whoever it is that’s acting up.