CNN's Acosta: Brazil's President Trying To "Suck Up" To Trump By Mentioning "Fake News"


During a joint press conference, Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro echoed President Trump's refrain about 'fake news.' CNN's Jim Acosta reports.

JIM ACOSTA, CNN: The thing that has to be noted, and we'd be remiss if we didn't note it, when the president of Brazil mentioned the term, "fake news," he got a smile and a nod from President Trump, and, you know, this is something that we've seen since President Trump came into office and called this network "fake news," referred to the press as "the enemy of the people," this is a virus that is spreading around the world.

When you have the president of Brazil calling the press fake news -- he is trying to, essentially, you know, in a sycophantic sort of way, suck up to the president of the United States. There's no other way of putting it, and trying to emulate him down, as they call him in Brazil, the "Trump of the Tropics."

This is another example of when the president of the United States says something here in the U.S., referring to the press as fake news, referring to the press in other derogatory terms, other leaders around the world, other governments around the world are listening and Jair Bolsonaro proved that to all of us here in this Rose Garden news conference, Brooke.

BROOKE BALDWIN, CNN: I noted it off the top that it was the Brazilian president who was the first to mention fake news.

ACOSTA: That's right and the president did it in his remarks as well later on in the news conference.

BALDWIN: He did.

ACOSTA He talked about this conservative grievance that they're being discriminated against in social media. The president has, you know, a gazillion Twitter followers. he has a massive presence on Instagram, has a massive presence on Facebook. So do lots of other conservative figures here in the U.S. and so, you know, the president he likes to talk about how there's this media collusion game that is stacked against him when he has one of the most powerful social media voices out there. And so I think that just has to be said as well, it has to be put on the record that he is sort of, you know, pulling a three-card Monte in terms of how he's describing the situation.

Conservatives aren't being discriminated and abused on social media. They have just as much of a landscape that they dominate as the left does and one could argue that they have a much bigger footprint when it comes to social media and the media landscape by and large, Brooke.

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