(CNSNews.com) – President Donald Trump challenged a reporter at a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the White House on Friday who called his trade police “isolationist” and asked why he was so was afraid of diversity in the media that he calls them “fake news.”
Trump was responding to a reporter who asked Merkel how “dangerous” she thought “this isolationist policy of the U.S. president is what with the import tariffs that he plans and also with the fact that he doesn’t think the EU, doesn’t deal with the EU in a very respectful way.”
Turning to Trump, the reporter asked, “Mr. President, America first, don’t you think this is going to weaken also the European Union, and why are you so scared of diversity in the news, in the media that you speak so often of fake news and that things after all in the end cannot be proven for example, the fact that you have been wiretapped by Mr. Obama?”
“Nice friendly reporter,” Trump said. “First of all, I don’t believe in an isolationist policy, but I also believe a policy of trade should be a fair policy, and the United States has been treated very, very unfairly by many countries over the years, and that’s going to stop, but I’m not an isolationist.
“I’m a free trader, but I’m also fair trader, and our free trade has led to a lot of bad things happening. You look at the deficits that we have, and you look at all of the accumulation of debt. We’re a very powerful…country. We’re a very strong, very strong country. We’ll soon be at a level that we perhaps have never been before,” the president said.
“Our military is going to be strengthened. It’s been depleted, but I am a trader. I am a fair trader. I am a trader that wants to see good for everybody worldwide, but I am not an isolationist by any stretch of the imagination, so I don’t know what newspaper you’re reading, but I guess that would be another example of as you say fake news,” he added.