Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Friday he was “a little shocked” that a judge ordered the White House to reinstate CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s press credentials.
Appearing on Fox News, Spicer said: “Look I’m no lawyer, but I’m a little shocked in the sense that that I think that there’s nothing that prohibited Mr. Acosta from writing on the White House’s actions.”
“Obviously whether he has access or not, he, like so many other journalists, can write about the White House or any subject they deem necessary or of interest,” Spicer added.
A judge issued a temporary ruling on Friday to reinstate Acosta’s press credentials. The White House stripped Acosta’s press pass after the reporter clashed with President Trump at a contentious press conference. The White House initially claimed it took away Acosta’s pass because he touched a press intern trying to grab the microphone from him. CNN sued to reinstate Acosta’s credentials.
Watch Spicer’s appearance:
Sean Spicer "a little shocked" at judge's ruling in favor of CNN's Jim Acosta pic.twitter.com/T5WtzNGQE7
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