Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Trump refuses to answer CNN reporter's question


Fox News reporter John Roberts rebuked President Donald Trump in a statement after he refused to take a question from a CNN journalist and called NBC's reporting "dishonest" at a press conference on Friday.

So reporters asked Trump about the jabs at a joint news conference with May.

At the press conference, he said he has "a lot of respect for the prime minister" and that whatever she does with Brexit is "OK with me". "It didn't put in what I said about the prime minister and I said tremendous things".

The Sun political editor Tom Newton Dunn said that Trump's positive quotes about May were in the piece after he said they were "fake news" because "They didn't put it in the headline, I wish they put it in the headline".

Trump said his aides had their own recording of the interview and suggested the tape would prove him right.

In an attempt to defend his network's honor, CNN correspondent Jim Acosta requested to ask the next question, since Trump had "attacked CNN".

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"In today's press conference, I paused while my colleague from CNN went back and forth with President Trump over a question", Roberts said in a statement.

Though CNN-bashing is no new thing for Trump, many wondered at the fact that he went out of his way during an global press conference to insinuate that CNN is not a real network, and the fact that other media outlets allowed it to happen. The interview, however, was recorded.

The Sun's headline: "Trump's Brexit Blast: Donald Trump told Theresa May how to do Brexit "but she wrecked it" - and says the USA trade deal is off".

"There are some fine journalists who work there [at CNN] and risk their lives to report on stories around the world", Roberts added, noting that he used to work for the network. "To issue a blanket condemnation of the network as "fake news" is also unfair".

CNN's Jake Tapper tweeted that he is "old enough to remember when other networks came to the defense of Fox News WH correspondents during the Obama years".

Roberts then began putting his question to the president through the microphone provided to him as the reporter granted a question by the president.

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Trump: "See, that's such dishonest reporting", he said, lambasting both NBC and CNN, which he frequently lumps together.

'John Roberts of Fox [News Channel]! She is honest as the day is long.

"Asking smart, tough questions, whether in a presidential press conference or interview, is central to the role a free press plays in a healthy republic", she said.

Welker was referring to that interview when she said Trump had criticized May "on her own soil", but the Sun had noted the interview was recorded before the United States president arrived in the UK.

"I like you better without the hat", Trump said.

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