"No journalist has a First Amendment right to enter the White House and the President need not survive First Amendment scrutiny whenever he exercises his discretion to deny an individual journalist one of the many hundreds of passes granting on-demand access to the White House complex", the motion stated.
A White House intern then approached him to try to take the microphone away from him.
CNN and Acosta filed an emergency motion to have Acosta's press pass immediately reinstated as the court case continues and have asked for a ruling from Trump-appointed U.S. District Judge Timothy J. Kelly in federal court in Washington Wednesday afternoon. "If left unchallenged, the actions of the White House would create a unsafe chilling effect for any journalist who covers our elected officials".
But the Acosta case appears to be unprecedented.
"The First Amendment protects 'robust political debate, ' including speech that is critical of those who hold political office", CNN's attorney Ted Olson, a veteran Supreme Court litigator, said in a statement. But the government's lawyers said in Wednesday's filing that the back and forth between Trump and Acosta, during which Trump strongly criticized Acosta, qualified as due process.
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Meanwhile, in a November 8 commentary by the journalism organization Poynter, Al Tompkins and Kelly McBride are urging other reporters to use the situation as a learning experience.
"Mr. Acosta's decision to engage in conduct that disrupts press events and impedes other reporters from asking questions provides a more-than-sufficient reason for revoking his hard pass", the president's attorneys wrote.
She points out that every White House administration plays a role in which members of the press are given access, but she also warned of serious First Amendment implications, saying the latest move could have a chilling effect on the media. "Without a hard pass, a White House correspondent simply can not do his job". Olson is the former United States Solicitor General under George W. Bush. "The White House can not get away with this", he said in an interview with CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin.
"When he's made to look like a fool the way the French president made him look foolish in the decision to not go honor fallen veterans, this is a clear example of Donald Trump being embarrassed, and as a result, you see him sulking, and he's pouting like a child".
"CNN's argument is very straightforward", the lawyer told the American network. "This was not the first time this reporter has inappropriately refused to yield to other reporters", Sanders said in a statement. "I think this will be resolved quickly", he said, adding "I think it will either be settled or CNN will prevail on motion".
Woodward, who gained fame for breaking the Watergate scandal, spoke at the Global Financial Leadership Conference in Naples, Florida where he recommended "more serious reporting" about what Trump's actions, according to remarks flagged by the Washington Examiner.