Bill English's 'fake news' dig at Patrick Gower

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has taken a swipe at Donald Trump, after the President launched another attack on media on Friday.

At a lengthy White House briefing, Mr Trump accused journalists of spreading fake news, and said they were out of control.

Speaking at a press conference with Prime Minister Bill English in Queenstown, Mr Turnbull took aim at Mr Trump's media sensitivity.

He quoted former UK Prime Minister Winston Churchill and said "Politicians complaining about the newspapers is like a sailor complaining about the sea.

"There's not much point, it's the media we live with and we thank you all in the media for your kind attention," Mr Turnbull said.

Prime Minister Bill English pitched in and told Newshub political editor Patrick Gower: "We just say you're wrong Paddy, we don't call it fake news".

Mr Turnbull and Mr English have finished official talks, and will now head out onto Lake Wakatipu for a pre-dinner cruise.


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