Trump and Acosta Have Testy Exchange at Memorandum Signing

Claudine Rigal
Août 14, 2017

Trump ignored majority, but chose to respond to Acosta, who asked why his first remarks on the events in Charlottesville didn't condemn white supremacists.

At a second announcement later in the day, Trump said he is launching an investigation into China's trade practices. Trump seemed to think his earlier Charlottesville statement counted as a press conference even though he did not take questions from the press.

When Acosta followed up with another question, Trump called him "fake news".

Last Friday, after two days of unusual engagement with the White House press corps, Trump promised to hold a "pretty big press conference" at the White House on Monday. "We did not. That's fake news", Acosta said.

Mr. President, can you explain why you did not condemn those hate groups by name over the weekend? The president responded this was a press conference.

"Haven't you spread a lot of fake news yourself, sir?"

Acosta then asked Trump why he wasn't holding a press conference. "Not fake news. You're fake news". And as I have said many times before, no matter the color of our skin, we all live under the same laws, we all salute the same great flag, and we are all made by the same almighty God. During that speech, he did condemn white supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis and "other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans".

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