Fox News’ John Roberts Addresses Presser Flap: Unfair For Trump to Call CNN Fake News
Fox News’ Chief White House Correspondent John Roberts took a great deal of flak for going ahead with his question to President Donald Trump during a presser with British PM Theresa May — as the president was bickering with CNN’s Jim Acosta, and calling CNN “fake news.”
After the backlash, Roberts released a statement defending CNN – which, incidentally, was his old workplace – and saying that Trump’s characterization of NBC’s Kristen Welker as dishonest was “unfair.”
Here is Roberts’ statement, in full:
“In today’s press conference, I paused while my colleague from CNN went back and forth with President Trump over a question. When it became clear that the president wasn’t going to entertain a question from him, I proceeded with my question, as did my fellow colleagues in the press corps. I know Kristen Welker of NBC. She is honest as the day is long. For the President to call her dishonest is unfair. I also used to work at CNN. There are some fine journalists who work there and risk their lives to report on stories around the world. To issue a blanket condemnation of the network as ‘fake news’ is also unfair.”
Roberts also touched on several of the points made in the statement Friday while reporting on the president’s visit to London for Fox News, which you can watch above.
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