Trump called CNN “fake news” on Wednesday during a White House event honoring Black History Month.
Trump was going around the table, discussing a pair of attendees who had supported him on cable news. He first pointed to Darrell Scott, a pastor and early Trump supporter, whom Trump said he met “when he was defending me on television.”
The president then called out Paris Dennard, a GOP strategist and CNN contributor. “Paris has done an amazing job in a very hostile CNN community,” Trump said. “He’s all by himself, seven people and Paris,” he continued. He added with a smile, “I’ll take Paris over the seven. But I don’t watch CNN, so I don’t get to see you as much. I don’t like watching fake news.”
Turning his attention to Fox News, Trump said the network “has treated me very nice.” He added: “Wherever Fox is, thank you.” The president reiterated that he views “a lot of the media” as the “opposition party,” claiming that members of the press “knowingly” report “incorrect things.”
“They really have to straighten out their act,” Trump said. “They are really dishonest people.”