Trump in U.K.: "I Don't Take Questions From CNN"
Trump refused to take a question from the network's chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta.
During a joint press conference on Friday with U.K. prime minister Theresa May, President Donald Trump refused to take a question from CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta in a testy exchange with a frequent adversary of his White House.
"I don't take questions from CNN. CNN is fake news," Trump said when Acosta called out for a question. The reporter had argued that CNN deserved to get a question because the president had criticized the network in response to a previous question from NBC News Kristen Welker reporter. (Trump had said that NBC News is "almost as bad" as CNN.)
Instead, Trump said, "Let's go to a real network," and took a question from Fox News White House correspondent John Roberts. (The president frequently calls on Roberts in press conferences.)
In response to that ding, Acosta countered, "Well, we're a real network, too."
Roberts, who received some criticism on Twitter for not pushing back on Trump's comment, released a statement through a network spokesperson. He said: "In today's press conference, I paused while my colleague from CNN went back and forth with President Trump over a question. 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. I know Kristen Welker of NBC. She is honest as the day is long. For the president to call her dishonest is unfair."
Roberts continued: "I also used to work at CNN. There are some fine journalists who work there and risk their lives to report on stories around the world. To issue a blanket condemnation of the network as 'fake news' is also unfair."
The exchange between Trump and Acosta was reminiscent of a spat between them during a January 2017 press conference, when the then-president elect refused to take a question from the reporter and called him "fake news."
In January of this year, Trump told Acosta to "get out" of the White House during a pool spray.
During Friday's press conference, Trump joked to May about whether the U.K also has "fake news" reporters.