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Trump Calls Buzzfeed ‘Pile of Garbage,’ Refuses to Take CNN Reporter’s Question at First Press Conference

Variety logo Variety 1/11/2017 Seth Kelley

Donald Trump fired multiple shots at the media — particularly BuzzFeed and CNN — on Wednesday during his first press conference in six months.

“BuzzFeed is failing pile of garbage,” Trump said almost an hour into the conference, which covered a wide variety of subjects, including healthcare, his cabinet, and Russian hacking.

“I think they’re going to suffer the consequences,” Trump said of BuzzFeed. “They already are.”

From the crowd of reporters, Jim Acosta, CNN’s senior White House correspondent, began to press Trump for a question: “Since you’re attacking our news organization, will you give us a question?”

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“Not you,” Trump replied. “No, I’m not going to give you a question. You are fake news.”

Trump’s comments come after BuzzFeed published an unsubstantiated report that included salacious details about Trump’s behavior in Russia.

“BuzzFeed Runs Unverifiable Trump-Russia Claims #FakeNews” Trump tweeted on Tuesday.

Wednesday morning he followed up by tweeting, “Intelligence agencies should never have allowed this fake news to ‘leak’ into the public. One last shot at me. Are we living in Nazi Germany?”

When asked during the press conference to expand on his tweet that referenced Nazi Germany, Trump said that publishing an unverified report is “something that Nazi Germany did and would do.”


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