Mike Huckabee Offers Advice to Trump, Sarah Sanders on Inviting Press to WH, Free Press

Michael Morris
By Michael Morris | November 15, 2018 | 4:43 PM EST

Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee and two-time GOP presidential primary candidate shakes hands with then fellow primary candidate, now President Donald J. Trump. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

On his Twitter page Tuesday, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee offered up “advice to @realDonaldTrump and @PressSec” on White House press events, suggesting things should be opened “up to rotating local papers and broadcasters.”

“My advice to @realDonaldTrump and @PressSec is to invite reporters from around the country to come to @WhiteHouse to cover events,” tweeted Gov. Mike Huckabee. “Why should WHCA decide who covers @POTUS ? Open things up to rotating local papers and broadcasters-let them ask questions. That’s REAL free press!”

The former governor’s tweet came in the wake of CNN’s lawsuit against President Trump and his aides after White House correspondent Jim Acosta was called a “rude, terrible person” by the President of the United States following questions concerning the “president’s use of the term ‘invasion’ when describing the migrant caravan that’s headed for the United States border,” reported on Nov. 7, 2018. The event led to the revocation of Acosta's hard pass for White House events.

CNN sued “President Donald Trump and his aides for revoking its White House correspondent Jim Acosta’s hard pass,” reported’s Melanie Arter on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018. “The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., calls for the immediate restoration of Acosta’s White House access.”

As of Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, “The White House responded … to a lawsuit filed by CNN over the revocation of White House Correspondent Jim Acosta’s press pass, asking the U.S. District Court of District of Columbia to dismiss CNN’s claim that the decision violated the Constitution,” reported

Judge Timothy Kelly was “expected to rule on whether the White House’s decision to take away Acosta’s credentials violated the Constitution” on Thursday, but Judge Kelly “decided to postpone until Friday.”

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