Donald Trump doesn’t mince words when it comes to his hatred for certain outlets in the mainstream media.
The President-elect held his first press conference in six months on Wednesday (Jan. 11, 2017), where he slammed CNN and BuzzFeed and refused to take questions from a reporter.
“BuzzFeed is failing pile of garbage,” he told the crowd during the conference, which also touched on subjects like healthcare and Russian hacking. “I think they’re going to suffer the consequences. They already are.”
Trump’s attack on the website comes after BuzzFeed published a report detailing Trump’s alleged close ties with Russia.
However, BuzzFeed wasn’t the only publication that Trump publicly dragged. When CNN’s senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta tried to ask a question, Trump immediately rejected the reporter and attacked the news organization he worked for.
“Not you,” the 70-year-old said, speaking over Acosta. “No, I’m not going to give you a question. You are fake news.”
— Good Morning America (@GMA) January 11, 2017
CNN later released a statement in response to Trump’s “fake news” claims, reading:
“CNN’s decision to publish carefully sourced reporting about the operations of our government is vastly different than BuzzFeed’s decision to publish unsubstantiated memos. The Trump team knows this. They are using BuzzFeed’s decision to deflect from CNN’s reporting, which has been matched by the other major news organizations. We are fully confident in our reporting. It represents the core of what the First Amendment protects, informing the people of the inner workings of their government; in this case, briefing materials prepared for President Obama and President-elect Trump last week. We made it clear that we were not publishing any of the details of the 35-page document because we have not corroborated the report’s allegations. Given that members of the Trump transition team have so vocally criticized our reporting, we encourage them to identify, specifically, what they believe to be inaccurate.”
Prior to the conference, Trump likened to the current situation to Nazi Germany. He tweeted early Wednesday:
Intelligence agencies should never have allowed this fake news to “leak” into the public. One last shot at me.Are we living in Nazi Germany?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2017
When asked to expand on the controversial tweet at the press conference, Trump explained that publishing an unverified report is “something that Nazi Germany did and would do.”