President Donald Trump made waves yet again on his trip across the pond at a joint press conference between Trump and Britain's Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May.
After refusing a question from CNN's Jim Acosta—familiarly dismissing the network as fake news—Trump deferred instead to John Roberts of Fox News, saying:
"CNN is fake news. I don't take questions from CNN.John Roberts from Fox. Let's go to a real network."
"CNN is fake news. I don't take questions from CNN. John Roberts from Fox. Let's go to a real network." https://t.co/e2TcEu6G7e— Judd Legum (@Judd Legum) 1531488727.0
It wasn't long before people on Twitter began calling out Roberts for not standing up for CNN:
In response, John Roberts took to his air to clear things up and defend his former employer.
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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.
But some damage had already been done.
Every journalist at the Trump/May press conference who stayed seated as he refused to take a question from CNN has… https://t.co/Au6iNamRNj— Bill Thompson (@Bill Thompson) 1531488498.0
Trump says that he won't take questions from CNN because they are "fake news," then says in the same breath that he… https://t.co/ny8ZfbHijC— Kyle Griffin (@Kyle Griffin) 1531488629.0
Old enough to remember when other networks came to the defense of Fox News WH correspondents during the Obama years… https://t.co/OVbm0zXCk0— Jake Tapper (@Jake Tapper) 1531488816.0
Tapper is referring to an Obama-era incident in which he challenged the administration after they determined Fox News was "not a real news organization." Tapper defended Fox against then-White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs:
I’m not talking about their opinion programming or issues you have with certain reports. I’m talking about saying thousands of individuals who work for a media organization, do not work for a “news organization” -- why is that appropriate for the White House to say?
CNN wasn't the only network the president vilified during the press conference.
Trump repeatedly demeaned the United States press and occasionally the United Kingdom's press as well.
When an NBC reporter asked if Trump's alienation of NATO allies and of PM Theresa May were giving Putin "the upper hand," Trump responded harshly:
"That’s such dishonest reporting. Of course it happens to be NBC, which is possibly worse than CNN."
Trump also launched into a xenophobic diatribe, insisting that immigration was "bad for the country" and "changing the culture" of the United Kingdom."
Many viewers believed Trump's behavior throughout the press conference to be antagonistic and even moronic. They shared their thoughts of his performance on Twitter.
Listening to @realDonaldTrump press conference in England with British PM.... He lies, he speaks jibberish, he is a… https://t.co/oDnnpgmchf— Harvey J Kaye (@Harvey J Kaye) 1531487782.0
Had to turn off TV during Trump/May press conference. I cannot listen to his cringe worthy dribble. SO EMBARRASSED for my country!— Sharon Stockey (@Sharon Stockey) 1531488385.0
Is anyone else listening to Theresa May and Trump's press conference? Trump is an idiot, he doesn't know what he's… https://t.co/CZqo17K2cn— Nichola Blair 🆘 #DemCast FL 🇺🇸 (@Nichola Blair 🆘 #DemCast FL 🇺🇸) 1531488468.0
Finally caught the Trump/May press conference. Ugh, cringe. Remember that Simpsons episode with the two aliens always holding hands?— 🔶 Barry Smith #Kohler4Wimbledon #FBPE 🇪🇺 (@🔶 Barry Smith #Kohler4Wimbledon #FBPE 🇪🇺) 1531518149.0
Trump will leave for Scotland after meeting with Queen Elizabeth. Then he heads to Finland for his much-anticipated one-on-one summit with Russian President Vladimir V. Putin. With Friday's indictments of twelve Russian hackers shedding more light on Russia's attempts to elect Trump, it's sure to be an interesting interaction.