Following his insults, Trump immediately called on John Roberts of Fox, saying, "Let's go to a real network", to which Acosta yelled, "Well we're a real network too, sir".
"Can I ask you a question", Acosta continued. "Since you attacked CNN?".
Fox News carried the news conference live, but its account afterward only briefly touched on the fake-news comment.
"I don't take questions from CNN", Trump said, even though he did take a question from CNN's Jeremy Diamond on Thursday.
'In response to the President lashing out at NBC, CNN and The Sun: Asking smart, tough questions, whether in a presidential press conference or interview, is central to the role a free press plays in a healthy republic, ' she said. "Let's go to a real network", Trump said, shutting down Acosta. "And to say they're not a real network, or fake news, is also unfair".
During one awkward moment in the news conference, Trump called attention to Reuters reporter Jeff Mason's hat.
Later, as Trump looked across a crowd of journalists with raised hands, deciding who to call on next, Acosta made loudly demanded a chance to participate in the press conference as compensation for the president's attack on his employer's honor. The White House correspondent reportedly asked if Trump planned to tell Russian President Vladimir Putin to stay out of USA elections in the future, to which Trump answered "yes". "I also use to work at CNN".
British reporters also caught heat from the U.S. leader, with Trump chastising The Sun for cutting out all the praise he had heaped on May from a sensationalist interview published Thursday. "To issue a blanket condemnation of the network as "fake news" is also unfair". "Of course, it happens to be NBC, which is possibly worse than CNN". They have fine journalists there who risk their lives to cover the news around the world. "We stand by our reporting and the quotes we used - including those where the President was positive about the Prime Minister, in both the paper and in our audio - and we're delighted that the President essentially retracted his original charge against the paper later in the press conference". "I didn't criticize the prime minister", Trump falsely claimed. You can watch Trump's comments below.
"I said very nice things about her", he said.
Welker was referring to that interview when she said Trump had criticized May "on her own soil", but the Sun had noted the interview was recorded before the United States president arrived in the UK.