Journalists Slam Trump For Having ‘News Conference’ And Refusing To Answer Any Questions
Donald Trump received backlash from members of the media on Friday after he refused to answer questions at what he described as a “news conference.”
Trump tweeted prior to talking to the press about the new economic numbers saying: “GREAT GDP numbers just released. Will be having a news conference soon!”
GREAT GDP numbers just released. Will be having a news conference soon!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 27, 2018
But when it came to the actual “news conference” Trump did not answer any questions and just walked out after giving a “very LONG” speech.
In response, journalists took to Twitter to call Trump out for refusing to take questions.
Dear President Trump,
A "news conference" means you actually take questions.
What you just did, was a speech… a very LONG one.
In the meantime, we'll keep waiting for an actual "news conference" where actual reporters are allowed to ask actual questions.
— 𝕁𝕒𝕤𝕠𝕟 𝕂. 𝕄𝕠𝕣𝕣𝕖𝕝𝕝 (@CNNJason) July 27, 2018
Actually a "news conference" means questions and answers. Different from making a statement to the press. https://t.co/hvfcmvGoDo
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) July 27, 2018
Surprise! Trump has left without taking any questions at his "news conference."
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) July 27, 2018
Trump ends what he described as a "news conference" without taking any questions from reporters.
— Cathleen Decker (@cathleendecker) July 27, 2018
Pres Trump goes back into the White House without taking questions from reporters – many were shouted as he turned and walked away https://t.co/60rK86lA59
— Karen Travers (@karentravers) July 27, 2018
That was NOT "a news conference." Trump took NO questions, walking away as reporter shouted to ask if ex-lawyer Cohen is lying (that Trump knew in advance of June '16 Trump Tower meeting with a Kremlin-linked attorney). https://t.co/hpZgPS2E1h
— Jackie Calmes (@jackiekcalmes) July 27, 2018
— Marina Fang (@marinafang) July 27, 2018
Trump has an ongoing reputation of refusing to answer questions from reporters that he doesn’t like.
He recently refused to answer a question from CNN’s Jim Acosta during a joint press conference with U.K Prime Minister Theresa May because he comes from a “fake news network.”
And, earlier this week he had Kaitlan Collins banned from a press event for asking “inappropriate” questions.
According to The Washington Post, Trump hasn’t held a press conference in over a year – 525 days to be exact.