Earlier in the press conference, Trump called out CNN after receiving a question from NBC News reporter Hallie Jackson. Trump said NBC is “possibly worse than CNN.”
ACOSTA: “Mr. President, since you attacked CNN, can I ask you a question?”
TRUMP: “[FOX News correspondent] John Roberts go ahead.”
ACOSTA: “Can I ask you a question?”
TRUMP: “CNN is fake news. I don’t take questions from CNN. CNN is fake news. I don’t take questions from CNN.”
Acosta brought the press conference to a halt insisting that the U.S. president take his question. Trump tried to move things along by calling on Roberts again.
TRUMP: “John Roberts from FOX, let’s go to a real network.”
Trump continued after the press conference in a tweet:
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). They didn’t! But they did say I already lost in my meeting with Putin. Fake News……
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 14, 2018
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