President Donald Trump at the “Unleashing American Energy” event.Screenshot via YouTube
President Donald Trump interrupted his speech during an “Unleashing American Energy” event in Washington on Thursday to throw a quick jab at CNN.
“Many of us remember the long gas lines and the constant claims that the world was running out of oil and natural gas,” Trump said. “Americans were told that our nation could only solve this energy crisis by opposing draconian restrictions on energy production.
“But we now know that was all a big, beautiful myth,” he said. “It was fake. Don’t we love that term?
“What we’ve learned about ‘fake’ over the last little while,” Trump continued. “Fake news. CNN. Fake.”
Trump then turned his attention to what may have been a camera operator.
“Whoops, that camera just went off,” Trump said as he pointed toward the back of the room. “OK, you can come back, I won’t say. I promise I won’t say anything more about you.”
Trump’s remarks come during the White House’s “Energy Week,” in which administration officials, including those from the Department of Energy, are promoting Trump’s energy agenda.
Trump and his allies have been throwing darts at CNN since the 2016 election. The feud escalated more recently, as the White House has increasingly held off-camera press briefings. And on Wednesday evening, Jim Acosta, CNN’s senior White House correspondent, railed against Trump, calling him a “purveyor of fake news” and accusing him of “peddling fake news.”