Trump calls CNN ‘fake news’, BuzzFeed ‘garbage’
Jan 11, 2017 04:28 PM EST
President-elect Donald Trump's first press conference for year 2017 saw some fiery remarks of "fake news", aiming at Buzzfeed regarding the release of an unverified dossier and calling them a "failing piece of garbage."
Trump then ended up getting into an argument with a CNN reporter, Jim Acosta, while attempting to avoid the reporter's request for query.
"Since you are attacking us, can you give us a question? " Acosta yelled with Trump looking to call on other reporters.
Trump responded by saying "Not you" and said "Your organization is terrible".
He then countered back by telling Acosta "Don't be rude" when the reporter pressed on to give a chance to ask a question since the President-elect is "attacking the news organization (CNN)."
"I'm not going to give you a question," Trump responded. "I'm not going to give you a question. You are fake news!"
"Now, Mr President-elect, that's not appropriate", Acosta retorted.
In a recent update, CNN released a statement shortly after the Trump press conference highlighting that the news agency reporting was "vastly different" than Buzzfeed's decision to publish the dossier and claim that Trump team is aware about that.
On the other hand, Buzzfeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith saying that he wasn't going to "divide media against each other," following to CNN's statement.
Originally, the much-anticipated question-and-answer session had been called to demonstrate how he would avoid conflicts of interest between his business empire and his public duties, according to The Guardian.
The event however was heavily overshadowed by overnight news that the FBI had been handed unverified but potentially damaging intelligence, including claims of his alleged sexual impropriety in a Moscow hotel room.
Trump staged his first encounter with the world's media since last July, coming just nine days before he enters the White House as the 45th president of the United States, admitting that he had actively avoided subjecting himself to press scrutiny in recent months on the grounds that we had been "getting quite a bit of inaccurate news".