Trump ratchets up 'fake news' rally cry overseas during United Kingdom visit

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Fox News chief White House correspondent John Roberts criticized President Donald Trump on Friday for calling competing networks dishonest and "fake news" during a United Kingdom press conference. Roberts asked if there was any way that relations with Russian Federation would improve as long as the country occupied Crimea.

Roberts, a chief White House correspondent, also stood by Welker, who was attacked by the president when she asked him if he was giving Russian President Vladimir Putin the "upper hand".

"You see, that is such dishonest reporting".

Throughout the press conference Trump praised May effusively, calling her "an incredible woman" doing a "great job".

Trump went on to dismiss the notion that he was breaking up North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, describing the alliance as more "strong and powerful" as a result of his presidency. "CNN is fake news I don't take questions from CNN", Trump said into the microphone.

NBC news reporter Ken Dilanian took to Twitter to suggest that John Roberts of Fox should have taken the moment to defend "his colleagues", including Acosta, who has a history of heckling at press events, instead of asking his own question of the president.

'John Roberts of Fox [News Channel]!

"Can I ask you a question?". "It's called fake news and we solve a lot of problems with the good old recording instrument".

"I used to work at CNN".

"Let's go to a real network", the president added, pointing to John Roberts of Fox News Channel.

Acosta responded by saying CNN is a real network too.

Trump has repeatedly attacked CNN throughout his time as president, and he has had a notably contentious relationship with Acosta. "Your organization is bad".

The Wall Street Journal, owned by Murdoch's News Corp., said the day was "overshadowed" by Trump's interview with the Sun and said it could undermine May at a time when she is struggling to gain Parliament's support for her plans for Brexit. They didn't put it in the headline, I wish they'd put it in the headline. "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.

It added, "To say the President called us "fake news" with any serious intent is, well. fake news".

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