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Donald Trump Mocks CNN's Jim Acosta, Sparks War of Words With Fox News Over Press Conference Snub

President Donald Trump falsely claimed Saturday morning that CNN failed to report on his refusal to take a question from CNN during an international press conference on Friday in which the president called the network “fake news,” before taking a question from Fox News.

“So funny! I just checked out Fake News CNN, for the first time in a long time (they are dying in the ratings), to see if they covered my takedown yesterday of Jim Acosta (actually a nice guy),” Trump tweeted Saturday. “They didn’t! But they did say I already lost in my meeting with Putin. Fake News……”

During a press conference in England the day before with British Prime Minister Theresa May, Trump refused to take a question from CNN’s Jim Acosta. After Acosta tried to ask him a question, Trump went on a barrage of insults against the network, as he has done countless times in the past.

“CNN is fake news. I don’t take questions from CNN. CNN is fake news,” the president said while Acosta continued to try and ask a question. He then called on John Roberts of Fox News, which he called a “real network.”

“John Roberts of Fox. Let’s go to a real network,” Trump said.  

But CNN did, in fact, cover the spat between president and journalist just 24 minutes later live on CNN.

“Well, he does take questions from CNN. He took a question from me in Singapore at the conclusion of his summit with Kim Jong Un,” Acosta said. “But putting that aside, perhaps [it’s] his own version of fake news there in saying that. ”

At another point, Trump said NBC was “dishonest” and “possibly worse than CNN.” When Roberts was called on after Trump’s refusal of CNN, the Fox reporter did not immediately push back against the president for insulting his CNN and NBC colleagues sitting next to him.

But Roberts later issued a scathing rebuttal on Fox News, rejecting the notion that either network was fake and added he personally knows the journalists and used to work at CNN, so to call them “dishonest is unfair.”  

“They have fine journalists there who risk their lives to cover the news around the world, and to say that they’re not a real network or ‘fake news’ is also unfair,” Roberts said.

 

Roberts's defense of his colleagues wasn't enough for CNN's vice president of communications and digital partnerships.

"Nice try, @johnrobertsFox," wrote Matt Dornic on Twitter. "Your omission is glaring and your compliment backhanded. Next time try and show some class in the moment. And in your statement."

 



 

 

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