The Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University filed the lawsuit against Trump in July after seven people - who are also plaintiffs in the case - were blocked from his @realDonaldTrump page following their criticism of him.
"Isn't the answer he just mutes the person he finds personally offensive?" the judge said, according to the Associated Press. In addition, blocking Twitter users theoretically prevents them from being able to access official government communications. "He wants to look out at the world on Twitter and see that everyone agrees with him and everybody thinks he's great and the fact is that's not true and that's why he blocks - just literally blocks - us so we won't be seen to be expressing our views against him, and I think that's outrageous". Justice Department lawyer Michael Baer, however, said that both muting and blocking users on Twitter are "within the president's associational freedoms".
The former Central Intelligence Agency chief under President Obama went on to hit Trump for tweeting at actor Alec Baldwin over his "Saturday Night Live" impression of the president rather than responding to Putin, who announced the previous day the development of missiles he claimed would render defense systems "useless". "We'd certainly be very open to hearing from them, though".
Philip Cohen, a sociology professor at the University of Maryland, said he was summarily blocked in June 2017 after he reacted to a Trump tweet by replying with a photo of the president superimposed with the words "Corrupt Incompetent Authoritarian". Buchwald said that if a government official were to turn off the microphone at such an event in order to suppress unfavorable perspectives, that would understandably raise First Amendment questions.
The case raised some fundamental constitutional issues, but the use of Twitter by the president gave them a new twist. She suggested if they don't work it out on their own, they might not like what she chooses.
Blocked users are still capable of reading the president's tweets by logging out of their accounts, and could link to or screencap his tweets to criticize them. The judge will issue a ruling if both parties can not agree to the compromise. "Over time, his account has become an important source of news and information about the administration - and about the president's disposition as well".