In one of the livelier presidential press conferences in recent memory, President Trump slammed the media after reporters refused to stop asking questions about his interview with the Sun (in which the president repeatedly criticized Prime Minister May's "soft" approach to Brexit, warning it would kill the much anticipated US-UK bilateral trade deal).
In one particularly memorable moment, Trump refused to take a question from a CNN reporter and instead declared that "CNN is fake news. I don't take questions from CNN". After arguing with the reporter for a minute, Trump said he'd turn to "a real network" and called on John Roberts, the White House reporter with Fox News.
After criticizing CNN, Pres. Trump declines to take a question from a CNN reporter at joint presser with Theresa May. "CNN is fake news. I don't take questions from CNN."— Evan McMurry (@evanmcmurry) July 13, 2018
Pres. Trump then called on a Fox News reporter: "Let's go to a real network." https://t.co/EheEzLsGDN pic.twitter.com/8qAnHZ1HAX
And in response to a particularly tough question from an NBC News reporter - whom he slammed as "dishonest" after she asked the president whether his actions had left him at a disadvantage ahead of his meeting with President Putin - Trump threatened to have Sarah Huckabee Sanders get the tapes from the Sun interview and play them back to prove that Trump didn't say what the Sun - a Murdoch tabloid - reported.
Here's the quote, courtesy of the Daily Caller.
"I didn’t criticize the prime minister. I have a lot of respect for the prime minister and, unfortunately, there was a story that was done which was generally fine, but it didn’t put in what I said about the prime minister and I said tremendous things," Trump declared, adding,
"Fortunately, we tend to record stories now so we have it for your enjoyment if you like it. We report when we deal with reporters. It is called fake news."
Later, Trump said that when he apologized to May about the Sun interview, she replied: "Don't worry, it's only the press" - which Trump declared to be "very professional."
All in all, it appears Trump managed to salvage his relationship with May, despite the rampant speculation in the media that his interview with the Sun would effectively spoil the president's whole UK trip. But as Trump would say, that was apparently another piece of "fake news."