Trump slams CNN’s ‘negative’ coverage of his state visit to UK

Trump slams CNN’s ‘negative’ coverage of his state visit to UK and complains it’s the only US network he can watch as Fox News doesn’t air in Britain

  • Trump slammed CNN’s coverage of his state visit to the United Kingdom 
  • He complained it was the U.S. network available in Britain
  • Fox News – Trump’s favorite network – stopped airing in Britain in January 2017 
  • ‘Just arrived in the United Kingdom. The only problem is that @CNN is the primary source of news available from the U.S. After watching it for a short while, I turned it off,’ Trump tweeted 

President Donald Trump slammed CNN’s coverage of his state visit to the United Kingdom, complaining the cable news network is the only one available for viewing and it’s reporting is ‘negative’ and ‘fake news.’

‘Just arrived in the United Kingdom. The only problem is that @CNN is the primary source of news available from the U.S. After watching it for a short while, I turned it off. All negative & so much Fake News, very bad for U.S. Big ratings drop. Why doesn’t owner @ATT do something?,’ Trump tweeted Monday from London.

The president made his complaint shortly after arriving in the UK for a three-day state visit.

President Donald Trump (CR) and First Lady Melania Trump (CL) disembark Marine One at Winfield House, the residence of the US Ambassador in Regent’s Park, London

He’s resting at Winfield House, the US ambassador’s residence in London, before he heads to Buckingham Palace for a ceremonial welcome ceremony with the first lady and the Queen. 

‘I believe that if people stoped using or subscribing to @ATT, they would be forced to make big changes at @CNN, which is dying in the ratings anyway. It is so unfair with such bad, Fake News! Why wouldn’t they act. When the World watches @CNN, it gets a false picture of USA. Sad!,’ the president added.

CNN’s prime-time ratings dropped 26 per cent in April – network’s worst month for total viewers since October 2015, according to Nielsen Media Research. 

But the president also grumbled he couldn’t watch Fox News from his resting place in London. 

In August 2017, 21st Century Fox, the parent company of Fox News – the president’s favorite cable news network – announced Fox News would no longer be broadcast in the U.K. after failing to attract an audience. 

The President’s packed timetable for the first day of his three-day UK trip 

9am: Air Force One lands at Stansted Airport.

9.40am: Mr Trump and Melania flown by helicopter to US Ambassador’s residence in Regent’s Park: Winfield House.

Midday: The President and First Lady will take off for Buckingham Palace where the Queen will meet them, show them around and then host them for lunch. Prince Harry will also be there – but his wife Meghan is at home caring for baby Archie.

3pm: The couple will then fly to Westminster Abbey  where they will lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior – and have a tour of the historic church.

4pm: Prince Charles will then host them at Clarence House for a 15-minute meeting before heading back to Winfield House.

7.30pm: President Trump and his family will fly back to Buckingham Palace for the state banquet with the event last until around 11pm. 

‘Fox News is focused on the U.S. market and designed for a U.S. audience and, accordingly, it averages only a few thousand viewers across the day in the U.K.,’ 21st Century Fox said in a statement at the time. 

‘We have concluded that it is not in our commercial interest to continue providing Fox News in the U.K.,’ it added.

However, officials in the UK found the network breached British rules regarding impartiality in 2017.

A January 2017 edition of Sean Hannity’s show on Trump’s ban restricting travel from seven majority-Muslim countries was found not to sufficiently reflect alternative viewpoints.

Tucker Carlson’s show was accused of a similar breach for its May program following the Manchester terror attack.

AT&T took ownership of CNN after a judge approved its merger with Time Warner. 

Trump’s Justice Department had sued to try and stop the merger of the two companies. 

The president has been active on Twitter during his arrival in London. He first criticized London Mayor Sadiq Khan as a ‘stone cold loser’ and touted his work on tariffs with China. 

Trump had already weighed in on Brexit, the Tory leadership battle and his security concerns over Huawei as he took off from America and used his arrival in the UK to vent his fury over Khan’s description of him as a ’21st century fascist’.

He also ridiculed 5ft 6ins Mr Khan him for being ‘short’ and compared him to 6ft 5ins New York counterpart Bill de Blasio saying: ‘Khan reminds me very much of our very dumb and incompetent Mayor of NYC, de Blasio – who has also done a terrible job’. 

The US President is in the UK for three days where the Queen will throw a state banquet at Buckingham Palace in his honour tonight after he meets Her Majesty for lunch and Prince Charles and his wife Camilla for tea. 

Prince Harry will also attend the private lunch at the palace – although his wife Meghan Markle, who is on maternity leave, will be at home with their four-week-old son, Archie. 

Donald Trump stands alongside his wife on the steps of Air Force One and waves as he landed in the UK today

Full details of Trump’s state visit to Britain have now been revealed, including all the royals he will meet over the three days

His visit will be met by large protests with hundreds of thousands of people set to hit the streets and Mayor Khan agreeing to let agitators fly two blimps lampooning Mr Trump: One showing his as a 20ft baby and the other as a robot in a gold toilet. 

The President had already wasted no time in spelling out his views on the special relationship, backing a No Deal Brexit while praising Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage and calling for the Brexit Party leader to be sent to Brussels to re-negotiate the deal that cost Theresa May her job.

 

 

 

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