Cable News Network (CNN) Chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta smiles as he departs after a judge temporarily restored Acosta's White House press credentials following a hearing at U.S. District Court in Washington, U.S.
"During the 90-minute session at the White House on that November 7, Trump snapped at Acosta after the reporter asked whether the president had "demonized immigrants" by calling a caravan of Central American migrants 'an invasion'".
"The White House is suspending the hard pass of the reporter involved until further notice", said White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders hours later, referring to Mr Acosta. "It is also completely disrespectful to the reporter's colleagues not to allow them an opportunity to ask a question".
Acosta attempted to ask another question about special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation and initially declined to give up a hand-held microphone to a White House intern.
He left open the possibility, however, that the White House could seek to revoke it again if it provided that due process, emphasizing the "very limited" nature of his ruling and saying he was not making a judgment on the First Amendment claims that CNN and Acosta have made.
After Acosta's credentials were revoked many news outlets, including Fox News, backed CNN's lawsuit.
Outside the courtroom, Acosta spoke to reporters and thanked other journalists for their support in the case. "While the suit is specific to CNN and Acosta, this could have happened to anyone". "It was the day after the midterms".
CNN argued that Acosta's pass was pulled because of Trump's animosity toward him and the network's coverage, an arbitrary decision in violation of the first and fifth amendments.
The White House explanations for why it seized Acosta's credentials have shifted over the last week. "As a matter of law... yes", he said.