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Trump Calls CNN Reporter “Fake News”
Last week President Donald Trump promised reporters that he would hold a “pretty big” news conference when he returned to Washington, DC after his “working vacation” at a golf course in New Jersey.
Trump made the promise last Friday, saying that he would hold the news conference when he announced a call for an investigation into China’s questionable practices towards intellectual property rights. Instead of the announcement and the conference Trump condemned violence from the White House in the wake of the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia that resulted in the death of three people.
During a different event on Monday in which Trump signed a memorandum which launched the trade investigation, there was still no sign of a news conference.
Jim Acosta, a reporter for CNN, asked President Trump why he did not mention the hate groups by name in his condemnation over the weekend. Trump’s answer was:
“They’ve been condemned. They have been condemned.”
Acosta then asked the President why no press conference had taken place as had been promised at the end of last week. Trump’s answer: “We had a press conference. We just had a press conference.”
Not letting Trump off so easily, Acosta asked another question: whether the press corps could ask him more questions. Trump replied that more questions would not bother him “at all.”
“But, you know, I like real news, not fake news,” Trump told Acosta as the president pointed toward the CNN reporter. “You’re fake news.”