- President said 'Here's another beauty' after asking Jon Sopel where he was from
- North America editor replied 'It's a good line', adding: 'Impartial, free and fair'
- Sopel joked on Twitter: 'My bosses have approved a new business card for me'
Donald Trump has had another swipe at the BBC in a heated back-and-forth during a White House press conference.
The President remarked, 'Here's another beauty', after asking BBC North America editor Jon Sopel which organisation he was from.
Sopel responded by saying 'It's a good line', before adding: 'Impartial, free and fair'.
Donald Trump had another swipe at the BBC in a heated back-and-forth with the media during a White House press conference
The president said 'Here's another beauty' after asking BBC North America editor Jon Sopel which organisation he was from
Trump then replied, 'Just like CNN, right?', after famously branding the network as 'fake news'.
Sopel joked 'We could banter back and forth' before eventually getting to his question, asking: 'On the travel ban, would you accept that that was a good example of the smooth running of government?'
As he continued asking a second question, Trump said: 'Wait, wait, wait, I know who you are, just wait.
'Let me tell you about the travel ban. We had a very smooth roll out of the travel ban but we had a bad court. We got a bad decision.
'We're going to keep going with that decision. We're going to put in a new executive order next week sometime.
'We had a bad decision, that was the only thing that was wrong with the travel ban.'
It is not the first time the President has had a dig at the BBC, using a similar 'That's another beauty' line last month
He added: 'The roll-out was perfect.'
Trump claimed on Thursday that his administration is 'running like a fine-tuned machine, despite the fact that I cannot get my cabinet approved.'
It is not the first time the President has had a dig at the BBC, using a similar 'That's another beauty' line last month.
Sopel later quipped on Twitter: 'My bosses have approved a new business card for me: Jon Sopel, Another Beauty, North America Editor.'
The BBC was not the only news organisation that Trump took a swipe at in his press conference.
He complained that the national press corporations continue to portray his work unfairly, suggesting that dishonest reporters are responsible for the lack of credit he gets from the public.
Trump ignored a week which saw him fire his national security adviser for lying to the vice president and mounting leaks, attacking the media for 'fake news' reports..
Sopel later quipped on Twitter: 'My bosses have approved a new business card for me: Jon Sopel, Another Beauty, North America Editor'
He quipped: 'I'm changing it from 'fake news', though. 'Very fake news'.'
Trump also took direct aim at CNN, saying both that he watches it and can no longer stomach its bias.
'I mean, I watch CNN. It's so much anger and hatred, and just – the hatred!' Trump said. 'I mean, I don't watch it anymore.'
'You have a lower approval rating than Congress,' he said, shooting eye-daggers at CNN correspondent Jim Acosta. 'I think that's right.'
The President also slammed publications - citing The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal in particular - for turning intelligence leaks into false stories.
This isn't the first time that a BBC staffer has been publicly slammed by Trump.
During a joint press conference between Trump and Prime Minister Theresa May in January, BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg questioned the president's controversial views on torture, Russia and the Muslim ban.
'Mr President, you've said before that torture works, you've praised Russia, you've said you want to ban some Muslims from coming to America, you've suggested there should be punishment for abortion.
'For many people in Britain those sound like alarming beliefs. What do you say to our viewers at home who are worried about some of your views and worried about you becoming the leader of the free world?'
Trump pointed at Kuenssberg and turned to May to ask, 'This was your choice of a question?'
He then leaned into the microphone and said: ‘There goes that relationship.’
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