During his first press conference since the election, President-elect Donald Trump addressed the latest allegations that the Russian government has intel on him, a story which news organizations like CNN and Buzzfeed reported even though the specific details of the alleged incriminating evidence were unverified.
He criticized the news website Buzzfeed for printing the details, and came down on CNN for building up the story. CNN has, as of yet, refused to report on the specifics of the salacious allegations, noting only that U.S. intelligence officials presented this information to Trump and President Obama, and admitted they did not know whether it was true or not.
“As far as Buzzfeed, which is a failing pile of garbage, writing it, I think they’re going to suffer the consequences,” Trump said. He then added that CNN went out of their way “build it up,” and later added he thinks they should apologize.
After his statement on the matter, CNN senior White House reporter Jim Acosta stood up and asked Trump, “Since you’re attacking us, can you give us a question?”
Trump dismissed him, pointing to someone else in the audience and attempted to move on, but Acosta pressed on, repeating his question until Trump turned to respond to him.
“Your organization is terrible,” Trump said. “Quiet. She’s asking a question, don’t be rude,” he added, pointing to another reporter in the audience.
“I’m not going to give you a question. You are fake news,” Trump told Acosta.
Acosta responded as Trump moved on to another reporter, “Mr. President-elect, that’s not appropriate.”