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BY: Cameron Cawthorne
CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta slammed President Donald Trump as the "king of fake news" while appearing on a panel at an event hosted by the Newseum in Washington, D.C. and the Committee to Protect Journalists on Wednesday night.
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Acosta was joined by other White House correspondents, including Fox News' John Roberts and Urban Radio Networks' April Ryan, to discuss press freedom in the U.S., Mediaite reported.
Politico reporter Cristiano Lima was in the audience and mentioned that CNN won several categories in Trump's fake news awards, which were released through the Republican Party's official website shortly before Lima asked his question. He then asked if he could get a response from the correspondents.
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"I would say—having been called fake news myself, that the president of the United States is the king of fake news. He is the king of fake news," Acosta said. "He said Barack Obama was not born in this country. He said Mexicans are rapists and criminals. He has said many things. "
Acosta went on to say that Trump lied about millions of undocumented immigrants causing him to lose the popular vote and about the size of his inauguration crowd in Washington, D.C.
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"The list goes on and on," Acosta said. "I don't want people to think that I'm saying that because I have an axe to grind, or I'm here to criticize or be political or have an agenda or whatever you were saying...
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