How Theresa May Became Complicit In Donald Trump's War With "Fake News"

17 July 2018, 14:45

When Donald Trump stood beside Theresa May and shunned a question from CNN, the British Prime Minister became complicit with his war on fake news - James O'Brien explains why.

During his UK visit, Donald Trump spoke to reporters with Theresa May at Chequers in a joint press conference.

The President had denounced a recording of him speaking critically of Theresa May to the Sun as "fake news" when a CNN reporter gestured that they wanted to ask a question.

But instead of answering, he denounced the media organisation and moved on.

"CNN's fake news, I don't take questions from CNN. CNN is fake news," he said.

Donald Trump and Theresa May speaking at Chequers
Donald Trump and Theresa May speaking at Chequers. Picture: PA

But for James O'Brien, that was where the problem started.

"Donald Trump refused to take a question from a CNN reporter," he said.

"And Theresa May let him.

"At that point our Prime Minister became complicit in the suppression of a free press."