During a press conference on Friday, President Donald Trump lodged another attack on CNN, but this time compared it to Fox News. "I didn't criticize the prime minister", he said at a joint news conference with May, a few hours after the Sun splashed the story across its front page. In response to a journalist representing CNN, Trump criticized the premise of the reporter's question and then described "fake news CNN" as "the worst".
Matt Dornic, vice president of communications and digital partnerships at CNN, took aim at Roberts's question and his subsequent statement defending his actions.
Trump went on to call NBC fake news that does "dishonest reporting", refused to call on CNN's Jim Acosta saying "CNN's fake news, I don't take a question from CNN" in preference of a reporter from "real network" Fox News and joked around with May asking if she has fake news in her country too.
A almost identical exchange took place in January 2017, when then president-elect Trump refused Acosta's question, saying: "Not you - not you - you're fake news. Lets go to a real network".
Pres. Trump denies interview with The Sun was critical of Prime Minister Theresa May. They have fine journalists there who risk their lives to cover the news around the world.
Roberts said in a statement that the reason he asked a question was that "it became clear that the president wasn't going to entertain a question from [Acosta]". She is honest as the day is long. "To issue a blanket condemnation of the network as "fake news" is also unfair".
Interestingly, the man who heads "real network" Fox News, Rupert Murdoch, also owns the "fake news" Sun.
CNN anchor Jake Tapper tweeted that he was "old enough to remember when other networks came to the defense of Fox News WH correspondents during the Obama years. Lesson for the kids out there: no one should ever try to do the right thing with the expectation it will ever be reciprocated". "We stand by our reporting and the quotes we used - including those where the President was positive about the Prime Minister, in both the paper and in our audio - and we're delighted that the President essentially retracted his original charge against the paper later in the press conference".
"I like you better without the hat", Trump said.
"The president called out one of my colleagues, Kristen Welker of NBC News, as dishonest, he said NBC News was dishonest", he said.