Earlier this week, the White House suspended the credential for CNN reporter, Jim Acosta. Acosta refused to give up his microphone at a press conference when President Trump asked him to move on to the next reporter. Acosta pressed on, even after a White House intern tried to get the microphone out of Acosta’s hand.
Press Secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, later announced that Acosta’s credentials had been suspended because he “Laid hands on a female intern”. While that spin is false, Acosta -too many- did break some rules in the White House press room for refusing to move on when asked.
Today, the President was asked how long Acosta’s suspension would be and Trump didn’t actually answer the question. Trump would claim he hasn’t made a decision, but other reporters might lose their credentials as well.
Commentary: It isn’t a bad thing to ask for respect in the press room for the President. What is bad is if Trump is going to pull credentials from reporters that he just doesn’t like. When a reporter is hostile and rude and attempts to hijack a press conference then yes, suspend the credential. Don’t use the action of pulling credentials as a way to win over people you don’t like.