Speaking at a White House news conference President Donald Trump lashed out at the American media by holding them responsible for misleading the “wonderful people” of the country by not telling them the “truth”. He accused the media of not having any consideration for the people speaking only for their own pecuniary interests, specifically mentioning a large section of the media from Washington, D.C., New York, and Los Angeles.
“Unfortunately, much of the media in Washington, D.C., along with New York, Los Angeles, in particular, speaks not for the people but for the special interests and for those profiting off a very, very obviously broken system.”
The media antagonistic tirade came amid news reports of Trump’s campaign aides being in contact with Russian intelligence officials during the presidential election campaign.
Trump started with his nomination announcement of Alex Acosta who happens to be his next nominee for the United States Secretary of Labor position after Andrew Puzder withdrew from being considered. “I think he’ll be a tremendous Secretary of Labor”, he said.
He went on to defend his administration by talking about the achievements his Govt had made during the short duration he has been in the Oval office.
“I am here today to update the American people on the incredible progress that has been made in the last four weeks since my inauguration,” he declared. “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.
His media bashing started soon after he was done with the bragging. “The press has become so dishonest that if we don’t talk about it, we are doing a tremendous disservice to the American people,” he ranted, going on to accuse the media of being “out of control.”
He was of the opinion that the media attack on his administration was “because they know that we are following through on our pledges to the American people and they are not happy about it.”
He did not mince words in downplaying and criticizing the work of the Obama administration. In fact, it was more than that. “To be honest, I inherited a mess. It’s a mess; at home and abroad,” he said.
Speaking about the threat of terrorism he particularly mentioned ISIS, “a group that celebrates the murder and torture of innocent people in large sections of the world” and how his administration is working on a plan to defeat the terror outfit.
“ISIS has spread like cancer. Another mess I inherited. And we have imposed new sanctions on the nation of Iran who’s totally taken advantage of our previous administration,” he whined.
He didn’t forget to pat himself on the back, as he does at the drop of a hat, for coming out victorious in the presidential election when most people had written him off, which is, to speak the truth, actually not incorrect, but one does get sick with the regularity with which he keeps reminding everyone about it.
There was a point in the news conference when he mixed his media attack with self-praise, “I turn on the TV, open the newspaper, and I see stories of chaos,” he bemoaned. “Yet, it is the exact opposite. This administration is running like a fine tuned machine despite the fact that I can’t get my cabinet approved,” he bragged and whined.
When asked by Jake Turx (a reporter from a Jewish publication) about anti-Semitic hate crimes, Trump said that he was the least anti-Semitic person and was the least racist as well and that he hated the “charge” and found it “repulsive” and even hated the question.