Trump disses 'fake news' CNN in joint press conference with May

Blanche Robertson
July 14, 2018

President Donald Trump distanced himself from the blistering interview he gave The Sun, blaming "fake news" for misrepresenting his words in a joint press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May Friday. Did Trump criticize Prime Minister Theresa May, or was it "fake news"?

Later in the press conference, Trump identified Sun journalists in the crowd, saying that he wishes they put the positive things he said about May in the headline.

Roberts said, "I know Kristen Welker of NBC". Gold stars all around for that sterling reporting job.

Acosta can be heard in the background firing back, "Well, we're a real network too, sir" before Roberts continues with his question.

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"Something happened at the press conference that I think needs addressing. Let's go to a real network".

Welker asked him whether his widely reported criticism of May, and his barbs aimed earlier in the week at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, served to give Russian President Vladimir Putin the "upper hand" ahead of Monday's leader-to-leader summit. "For the President to call her dishonest is unfair". "It's called "fake news". Acosta said, referencing an earlier barb from the president. When it became clear that the president wasn't going to entertain a question from him, I proceeded with my question, as did my fellow colleagues in the press corps. "To issue a blanket condemnation of the network as "fake news" is also unfair".

But Roberts, who used to work at CNN, defended the network in his statement. "Of course that's coming from NBC, which is possibly worse than CNN", he said, adding that her question was "dishonest reporting".

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