Media rips Trump for taking no questions at ‘news conference’

Members of the media criticized President TrumpDonald John TrumpNASA exec leading moon mission quits weeks after appointment The Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Frustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' MORE on Twitter after he didn't take questions at what he said would be a "news conference" on new economic numbers released Friday.

“GREAT GDP numbers just released,” Trump tweeted in a reference to gross domestic product after the Commerce Department said the economy had grown by 4.1 percent between April and June. “Will be having a news conference soon!”

But at the White House, Trump didn't take any questions.

“A ‘news conference’ means you actually take questions,” tweeted CNN executive producer Jason Morrell. “What you just did, was a speech... a very LONG one. In the meantime, we'll keep waiting for an actual ‘news conference’ where actual reporters are allowed to ask actual questions.”

Questions were shouted at Trump as he walked away from the podium. MSNBC's Kirsten Welker could be heard audibly asking Trump a question about whether his former lawyer Michael Cohen was telling the truth in claiming that Trump knew in advance about the Trump Tower meeting between campaign officials and a Russian lawyer.

Trump has repeatedly clashed with the press — particularly CNN and NBC.

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At a recent joint press conference with U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May, Trump refused to take a question from CNN’s Jim Acosta, calling the network “fake news.”

And earlier this week, CNN correspondent Kaitlin Collins was banned from a press event at the White House after asking what White House deputy chief of staff for communications Bill Shine called “inappropriate” questions.

According to The Washington Post, Trump hasn't had a press conference in 525 days.