Donald Trump has launched a bizarre attack on another US media news outlet in a rambling response to the fallout from the wrestling video showing him ‘beating up’ CNN.
Speaking after meeting the Polish President, Andrzej Duda, as part of a European trip in which he will hold sit-down talks with Angela Merkel and Vladimir Putin, Mr Trump addressed the growing threat of North Korea – warning he had “pretty severe things” lined up.
Mr Trump also took the opportunity to launch another attack on the US media – saying their “fake news” was a “bad thing”.
In one particularly odd moment, Mr Trump accused NBC of unfairly targeting him, despite – he claimed – making a fortune for them when he hosted ‘The Apprentice’.
Asked what his thoughts were regarding the fallout from the video, Mr Trump said:
“What CNN did was unfortunate for them. They have some pretty serious problems.
“They have been fake news for a long time and they have been covering me in a very dishonest way.”
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) 6 July 2017
Mr Trump then turned to an awkward-looking Mr Duda and asked: “Do you have that also, Mr President?”
Mr Trump continued: “There are others. NBC is bad – despite the fact I made them a fortune with the Apprentice but they forgot that.
“CNN has taken it too seriously and it has hurt them badly. Very very badly.
“What we want to see in the United States is honest – beautiful, free – but honest press. We want to see fair press. It’s a very important thing.
“We don’t want fake news.
“Not everybody is fake news.
“But we don’t want fake news. Bad thing. Very bad for our country.”
The US President then turned his attention to America’s response to North Korea, which ramped up tensions in the region by launching an intercontinental ballistic missile threaten to put the tycoon’s skills as a negotiator to the test.
Mr Trump, who has been seeking China’s help in containing Pyongyang’s missile and nuclear weapons programmes, has tweeted his frustration with China for continuing to trade with North Korea.
He wrote: “So much for China working with us – but we had to give it a try!”
Trade between China and North Korea grew almost 40% in the first quarter. So much for China working with us – but we had to give it a try!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 5 July 2017
And today, he warned North Korea he is considering “some pretty severe things” in response.
The US president called on all nations to confront Pyongyang’s “very, very bad behaviour”.
Mr Trump, in his first public comments since North Koreatested an intercontinental ballistic missile for the first time, declined to offer specifics about what a US response might entail, although he called it a “threat” and said the US would “confront it very strongly”.
“It’s a shame that they’re behaving this way,” he said of North Korea’s leaders. “But they are behaving in a very, very dangerous manner, and something will have to be done about it.”
The US has been considering a range of possible sanctions, economic measures and other steps in response to Pyongyang.
The test of an ICBM marked a major technological advancement for North Korea that American officials have described as intensifying the threat against the US by bringing the North closer to being able to mount a nuclear warhead on a missile that could hit American soil.