Trump, reporters go back-and-forth during news conference

By Caitlyn Jones, Web Anchor
Last Updated: Friday, February 17, 2017, 2:07 PM EST

President Donald Trump took on reporters' questions during a news conference at the White House on Thursday, and there were several heated moments in the discussion lasting an hour and 17 minutes.

Trump began with announcing his new pick for labor secretary, Alexander Acosta. He then spoke about his time in office.

"I'm here today to update the American people on the incredible progress that has been made in the last four weeks since my inauguration. We have made incredible progress. I don't think there's ever been a president elected who in this short period of time has done what we've done," he said.

However, when it came time to answering questions about his campaign's reported contact with Russia, Trump called it "fake news" and condemned the leaks that put out that information. 

Here is an excerpt of those questions:

Jim Acosta, senior White House correspondent for CNN: "Seems that there's a disconnect there. The information coming from those leaks is real, then how can the stories be fake?

Trump: "The reporting is fake."

Acosta: "I just want to ask .."

Trump: "Here's the thing. The public is .. they read newspapers. They see television. They watch. They don't know if it's true or false. Because they're not involved. I'm involved. I've been involved with the stuff all my life. But i'm involved. So i know when you are telling the truth or when you're not. I just see many, many untruthful things."

The president also took time to talk again about his poll numbers, saying he had the biggest Electoral College win since Ronald Reagan.

"We got 306 electoral college votes. I wasn't supposed to get 222. They said there is no way to get 222, 230 is impossible and 270, what you need, that was laughable. We got 306 because people came out and voted like they've never seen before. So that's the way it goes. I guess it was the biggest Electoral College win since Ronald Reagan," Trump said.

However, one reporter told him that former presidents Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Barack Obama all had higher Electoral College numbers than he did.

Trump responded, "I was just given that information. I don't know."

Another notable moment was when veteran White House correspondent April Ryan asked the president whether he would include the Congressional Black Caucus when discussing his urban agenda.

"I would. Do you want to set up the meeting? Are they friends of yours?" Trump repsonded.

He later said Rep. Elijah Cummings, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, skipped out on a meeting with him.

"Every day, I walk and say, 'I would like to meet with him,' because I do want to solve the problem. But he probably was told by (Senate Minority Leader Chuck) Schumer — or somebody like that, some other lightweight — he was probably told, he was probably told, 'Don't meet with Trump. It's bad politics,'" the president said.

Cummings shoot back and said that Trump made that up.

“I have no idea why President Trump would make up a story about me like he did today. Of course, Sen. Schumer never told me to skip a meeting with the President," Cummings said in a statement.

The caucus also responded on Twitter:

The White House has now scheduled a meeting with the caucus.