During his first press conference since his victory in the Presidential election in November, Trump refused to answer question from CNN reporter, after CNN published an unverified story claiming that Russia possesses compromising personal and financial information about the President-elect.
When CNN’s senior White House correspondent, Jim Acosta, tried to ask Trump a question, he replied: “Not you. Your organization is terrible.”
Building on a previous story by CNN, BuzzFeed published an unverified, unsubstantiated report that claimed to show connections between Trump and Russia. Trump is currently facing accusations that Russian hacking helped him win the Presidential election. The mainstream media, as well as US intelligence agencies have put significant pressure on Trump to acknowledge Russian interference in US election, something that Trump has vehemently denied.
Trump was furious at BuzzFeed, as well as CNN, and repeatedly denounced both media during his press conference.
Reacting to Trump’s remarks about CNN, Acosta asked:
Since you’re attacking us, can you give us a question? Mr President-elect, since you’re attacking our news organization, can you give us a chance?
Trump retorted “I’m not going to give you a question. You are fake news.”
Trump also criticized US intelligence agencies for for allegedly leaking the report to news agencies.
I think it was disgraceful that the intelligence agencies allowed any information that turned out to be so false and fake.
As far as BuzzFeed, which is a failing pile of garbage writing it, I think they’re going to suffer the consequences, and they already are.
Up this far, neither US intelligence community, nor the mainstream media have published any sort of evidence that Russia helped Trump win the Presidential election. However, this has not in any way prevented them from constructing a narrative that Russia has ‘hacked’ and influenced US election.
While, Trump has denied any personal links with Russia, he said that he thinks that Russia was behind the hacking of DNC server, but also said that other countries were involved in hacking the US.