President Donald Trump retreated from his criticism of British prime minister Theresa May while standing next to her during a joint news conference -- and Twitter users buried him in scorn.
The president wrecked May's fragile position in the unfolding Brexit debacle during a harshly critical video interview with the Rupert Murdoch-owned newspaper The Sun, but dismissed his own recorded remarks the following day as "fake news" when asked about them by a reporter.
Trump refused to take a question from a CNN reporter, accusing the network of broadcasting "fake news," and moved on to a Fox News reporter, and also reaffirmed his criticism of May after denying those remarks.
BEST NEWS CONFERENCE EVER. Trump doubles down, right in front of May: "I think Boris Johnson would be a great prime… https://t.co/NX1XroupLg— Tim O'Brien (@Tim O'Brien)1531488266.0
Asked about his explosive Sun interview trashing PM Theresa May, Trump claims “Fake news.” “I didn’t criticize the… https://t.co/ypQHirf1KP— Philip Rucker (@Philip Rucker)1531487256.0
Trump is calling a taped interview that the Sun posted audio of “fake news”— Maggie Haberman (@Maggie Haberman)1531487230.0
Trump calls interview with The Sun "fake news." There's a recording of it. It's been playing all day.— Jonathan Allen (@Jonathan Allen)1531487222.0
First question from @bbclaurak about how he treated May in interview, blasting her Brexit policy: “I didn’t critic… https://t.co/0jf1IinJ2k— Jeff Zeleny (@Jeff Zeleny)1531487327.0
He keeps ranting about “fake news.” Refuses to take a question from CNN. May is just cringing. She’s shrinking like in a Flintstone cartoon.— Bruce Fulton (@Bruce Fulton)1531488487.0
"I do not take questions from CNN. CNN is fake news. Let's go to a real network, John Roberts of Fox." CRIPES.— Jonathan Cristol (@Jonathan Cristol)1531488487.0
I can't believe that any reporter, even at Fox, would ask Trump a question after he refused to take a question from… https://t.co/5W4DaXmCEG— mudhen 🔥 (@mudhen 🔥)1531488485.0
Predictably, Trump blames the fallout from his explosive interview and criticism of May on the "Fake News," suggest… https://t.co/WJgdnUEfp7— Jonathan Lemire (@Jonathan Lemire)1531487242.0
Trump calls taped audio interview in which he criticizes May “fake news.” It’s on tape.— Caitlin Huey-Burns (@Caitlin Huey-Burns)1531487324.0
Trump is calling quotes he said -- that there is audio of -- are fake news.— Kaitlan Collins (@Kaitlan Collins)1531487320.0
Trump seems to think he came up with the idea of recording interviews to ensure accuracy. "It's called, 'fake new… https://t.co/QgFaTGiSYg— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar)1531487321.0
Note: President Trump called his interview with Sun Fake News, but @TheSun recorded it here. https://t.co/NQV6UzHOS5— Clint Watts (@Clint Watts)1531487464.0