The White House has defended their actions and stated that Acosta's behavior was harmful to the other reporters in the room who were not able to ask their questions.
President Donald Trump expressed hope but was not certain that his White House would prevail in a lawsuit filed by CNN regarding the revoking of reporter Jim Acosta’s press credentials, as he told The Daily Caller in an exclusive Oval Office interview.
When asked specifically whether he expected his White House to prevail in the lawsuit brought by CNN, he told TheDC, “I don’t know, we should … We’ll see how the court rules. Is it freedom of the press when somebody comes in and starts screaming questions and won’t sit down?”
Of Acosta’s alleged kerfuffle with a White House intern, Trump said, “He was very rude to the young lady,” but the president focused his ire on the CNN reporter’s style of journalism.
The president continued, “I really think that when you have guys like Acosta, I think they’re bad for the country … He’s just an average guy who’s a grandstander who’s got the guts to stand up and shout.”