President Trump squabbled with reporters Friday and refused to take a question from "fake news" network CNN - prompting a journalist from Fox News to issue a statement defending his colleagues. "I didn't criticize the prime minister", Trump falsely claimed. "And unfortunately there was a story that was done, which was generally fine, but it didn't put in what I said about the prime minister, and I said tremendous things".
Trump: "CNN is fake news". The interview, which can be viewed below, thanks to MSNBC's Morning Joe, prove that Trump in fact did criticize May, and that there was absolutely nothing fake about the original article from The Sun.
Pres. Trump denies interview with The Sun was critical of Prime Minister Theresa May.
In the same press conference, NBC's Kristen Welker asked Trump about his contentious relationship with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.
'In response to the President lashing out at NBC, CNN and The Sun: Asking smart, tough questions, whether in a presidential press conference or interview, is central to the role a free press plays in a healthy republic, ' she said.
Trump publicly derided Acosta's network in declining to take his question.
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Trump added that although he did not know Putin very well, he hoped that one day he might become friends with him. Trump wants other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member states to increase defense spending - and soon.
"Well, we're a real network, too, Mr. President", Acosta replied.
Earlier in June, when Trump held a news conference at the G-7 summit in Quebec, he told reporters during one exchange that he "came up with the term fake news" because many journalists who cover him are "very dishonest".
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. He continued to make pleas for a question as Trump called on John Roberts of Fox News.
"Lesson for the kids out there: no one should ever try to do the right thing with the expectation it will ever be reciprocated", Tapper wrote. Let me just add that I know Kristen Welker, she's as honest as the day is long, to call her dishonest is unfair. "You see, that is such dishonest reporting", Trump said.
"To say the President called us "fake news" with any serious intent is, well. fake news", The Sun added.