President Donald Trump responded to a judge’s ruling requiring the White House to return CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s “hard pass” on Friday — and he hinted at what he might do the next time he throws a tantrum.
“People have to behave,” Trump said in the Oval Office. We're writing up rules and regulations to make a position.”
Trump then told members of the press he thinks they were also treated “very unfairly.”
“I think you were treated very unfairly because you have somebody interrupting you,” Trump said. “If they don't listen to the rules and regulations, we'll end up back in court and we'll win.”
“But more importantly,” the president added, “we’ll just leave, and then you won't be very happy."
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When asked what he meant by “rules and regulations,” Trump said they will center around “decorum.”
“You can’t take three questions, four questions and just stand up and not sit down,” he said. “You have to practice decorum. You were there, you understood and you understand. We want total freedom in the press… but you have to act with respect. You’re in the White House.”
Seconds later, Trump again mentioned that he could decide to simply leave if members of the press, like Acosta, refuse to practice proper decorum.
“We always have the option of just leaving,” Trump said. “We always have the right to leave. And I think the other media, the other press in the room will not be very happy if that happens. But I have instructed my people, when they’re not treated properly, you have the right to just leave whenever you want.”
The White House revoked Acosta's "hard pass" to the White House after he refused to turn over the microphone to a female intern, physically resisting her. He had already asked several questions of the president.
Next time, Trump, it seems, may just walk out of the room.