During a conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, U.S. President Donald Trump slammed a German reporter that asked him about his obsession with labeling things he doesn’t like as “fake news.”
The reporter asked the president why he supported isolationist trade policies and also why he was “so scared of diversity in the news” — clearly referencing Trump’s attacks on media outlets that have produced unfavorable reports about him and his administration.
Trump responded first by calling the reporter a “nice, friendly reporter,” but quickly moved to answer her first question regarding his isolationist policies, saying, “I am a trader, I am a fair trade. I am a trader that wants to see good for everybody worldwide, but I am not an isolationist by any stretch of the imagination.”
However, it didn’t take long for Trump to resume his usual attacks on the media.
“I don’t know what newspaper you’re reading, but I guess that would be another example of, as you say, fake news.”
As Trump made the statement, Chancellor Merkel looked up and seemed mortified at the prospect of the President asserting that the reporter spread fake news.
Watch the clip here:
Trump tells German reporter she's reading “fake news” … "I am not an isolationist. I'm a free trader, but I'm also a fair trader." pic.twitter.com/39mVExUxXz
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) March 17, 2017