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In this Nov. 14, 2018, photo, CNN's Jim Acosta walks into federal court in Washington, to attend a hearing on a legal challenge against President Donald Trump's administration. A judge is expected to announce Friday whether he will order the Trump administration to return the White House press credentials of CNN reporter Jim Acosta. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

White House restores Jim Acosta's press pass, CNN drops legal fight


WASHINGTON (CIRCA) — CNN and the White House have reached a detente when it comes to reporter Jim Acosta. His press pass into the Oval Office has been restored.

"Having received a formal reply from your counsel to our letter of November 16, we have made a final determination in this process: your hard pass is restored," the White House said in a letter released Monday.

In response, CNN wrote a tweet saying, "Today the @WhiteHouse fully restored @Acosta's press pass. As a result, our lawsuit is no longer necessary. We look forward to continuing to cover the White House."

In the White House's letter, the Trump administration established new rules about press conferences and the interactions between press secretaries and reporters. They've written that reporters can only ask one question and that a follow-up question will be given at the discretion of the President or White House official who is speaking.

The letter also says that reporters must yield the floor, when applicable, to White House staff members who pass out microphones for reporters to ask their questions with.

Failure to follow those rules could result in the suspension or revocation of a journalist's media pass, according to The White House which says "Should you refuse to follow these rules in the future, we will take action in accordance with the rules set forth above. The President is aware of this decision and concurs."

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