Trump Attacks CNN, NBC in Joint Press Conference With British Prime Minister

Evarado Alatorre
Julio 14, 2018

President Trump denied criticizing British Prime Minister Theresa May when taking questions from the press Friday, despite there being easily accessible audio of his scathing interview with British tabloid The Sun. "CNN is fake news I don't take questions from CNN", Trump said into the microphone.

"I loved the fact that the president wouldn't take a question from CNN".

"Let's go to a real network", the president added, pointing to John Roberts of Fox News Channel. Roberts then asked his question.

According to The Hill, at the Trump received another question from Acosta as he was leaving the podium.

Asked to rate the U.S. -U.K. relations, Trump gave them the "highest level of special".

Trump turned around and answered yes.

Interestingly, the man who heads "real network" Fox News, Rupert Murdoch, also owns the "fake news" Sun. Lesson for the kids out there: "no one should ever try to do the right thing with the expectation it will ever be reciprocated". Acosta can be heard asking during the question-and-answer portion of the presser. It hasn't happened to any appreciable degree. Acosta several times asked if he could pose a question, but Trump instead called on Fox News White House correspondent John Roberts. "I don't take questions from CNN". They have fine journalists there who risk their lives to cover the news around the world. "To issue a blanket condemnation of the network as "fake news" is also unfair".

Roberts also said it was similarly wrong for Trump to call Kristen Welker of NBC News dishonest.

"You have spent the week taking on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, criticizing Prime Minister May on her own soil, and I wonder are you giving Russian President Vladimir Putin the upper hand heading into your talks, given that you are challenging these alliances that he seeks to break up and destroy?"

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Although the Sun has been criticized for its journalism in the past, Cooper said, "Trump's explanation that comments in the interview were "fake news" was greeted with derision by British journalists".

Trump: "See, that's such dishonest reporting", he said, lambasting both NBC and CNN, which he frequently lumps together.

NBC News had no comment on the exchange.

He said he only proceeded with his question after "it became clear that the president wasn't going to entertain a question from" Acosta.

"Well, we're a real network, too, Mr. President", Acosta replied.

The network's news site,, avoided mentioning Trump's labeling of the Sun interview in its account of the news conference. There was no indication whether the live fact-check was considered a failed experiment, or whether it would be repeated on "Morning Joe" or any other show. In the interview, Trump said he advised her, but "she didn't listen to me". The interview, however, was recorded.

"I said very good things about her. I wish they'd put it in the headline".

In a statement, the Sun said it stood by its reporting. The president called out one of my colleagues Kristen Welker of NBC as dishonest and said that NBC New was dishonest. "I also used to work at CNN".

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