White House correspondents group promises reporters will continue to ask follow-up questions

The president of the White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) said Monday that the group “fully expect[s]” White House reporters to continue asking follow-up questions at presidential news conferences.

Earlier Monday, the White House announced new rules for reporters at news conferences that include limiting the ability of reporters to ask follow-up questions.

{mosads}”The White House Correspondents’ Association had no role in crafting any procedures for future press conferences. For as long as there have been White House press conferences, White House reporters have asked follow-up questions,” WCHA President Olivier Knox wrote in a statement.

“We fully expect this tradition will continue. We will continue to make the case that a free and independent news media plays a vital role in the health of our republic,” Knox continued.

The White House on Monday said it was restoring the press pass of CNN reporter Jim Acosta after revoking it last week. But the White House also announced that it was implementing the new rules for news conferences and said that reporters who don’t follow the rules could have their credentials pulled.

The new rules limit journalists to asking one question and allows them to ask follow-up questions “at the discretion of the president or other White House officials taking questions.”

The White House originally pulled Acosta’s press credential after he refused to give up the microphone at a press conference earlier this month as he attempted to ask President Trump a question about the Russia investigation.

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