Trump Begins State Visit to Britain by Feuding with London Mayor, Complaining About CNN

Trump Begins State Visit to Britain by Feuding with London Mayor, Complaining About CNN

President Trump kicked off his state visit to Great Britain as only he can: with a tweetstorm calling London mayor Sadiq Khan a “stone-cold loser,” insulting his height, complaining about CNN being the only major American news channel available in the United Kingdom, and suggesting a boycott of CNN’s owner AT&T to force the corporate behemoth to “do something” about the network.

It’s going to be a long week.

CNN’s New Day explained that the latest round in the long-running feud between Khan and Trump comes after Khan criticized the president for calling Meghan Markle “nasty.” Trump has denied making the comments even though there is video of him saying them.

CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin called the incident “a surreal 1984-like scenario,” a reference to George Orwell’s dystopic novel.

Toobin noted that Trump called CNN “fake news” again in a tweet about the Markle incident and observed, “Fake news with the president has become a tell. Like when he says ‘Believe me.’ That’s almost always a lie. Fake news is now becoming kind of a tell for things that are true. That’s a classic example.

New Day hosts Alisyn Camerota and John Berman then had a little fun with Trump’s comments about CNN.

“He’s also tweeting about how riveted he is by New Day this morning and talking about CNN’s global reach,” Camerota said.

Berman then looked into the camera and intoned, “Good morning, Mr. President.”

Watch the video above, via CNN.

Gary Legum

Gary Legum has written about politics and culture for Independent Journal Review, Salon, The Daily Beast, Wonkette, AlterNet and McSweeney's, among others. He currently lives in his native state of Virginia.