President Donald Trump Says News Media Is ‘Out of Control’

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President Donald Trump accused much of the news media of being “out of control,” saying at a White House press conference in Thursday that “many reporters will not tell you the truth.”

“The press has become so dishonest that if we don’t talk about it we are doing a tremendous disservice to American people,” Trump told reporters, in a marathon press conference in which he spent much of his time bashing the media for being alternately “fake” and for reporting “real leaks” coming from unnamed sources.

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His comments came amid reports that members of Trump’s campaign team were in contact with Russian officials. Various stories in the Washington Post, The New York Times, and CNN have cited unnamed intelligence and other sources.

He called “the whole Russian thing” a “ruse.” When asked whether anyone on his campaign had contact with Russia, he said “nobody that I know of.”

Trump lashed out at the reports in a tweet on Thursday, even saying the media should apologize.

“Leaking, and even illegal classified leaking, has been a big problem in Washington for years. Failing (and others) must apologize!” Trump posted.

At the press conference, he tried to make a distinction between the type of leaks made during the campaign — of emails from Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager John Podesta — and those that have beset his White House since he took office. The latter leaks, Trump said, were of classified material.

He pushed back against media reports that his administration was in “chaos,” instead saying that it was running like a “fine-tuned machine.”

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Trump seemed so frustrated at the nature of reporting on his first few weeks in office that he at one point insisted that he was “not ranting and raving.” He said that he was enjoying the exchanges with reporters — and the length of time he devoted to the press conference was evidence of that. It ran for about 80 minutes.

He said that the media “is attacking our administration because they know that we are following through on our pledges to the American people, and they are not happy about it.”

The blustery press conference was unusual not just for its tone but for its timing, as Trump revealed his frustrations with the media only weeks into his term. At one point, he told reporters in the East Room, “The public doesn’t believe you anymore.” He seemed particularly fixated on CNN and its president, Jeff Zucker, as well as its White House correspondent Jim Acosta. He at one point said that he doesn’t watch the network anymore, then pointed out his displeasure with one of its shows in the 10 p.m. ET hour.

He said that on CNN, “story after story is bad. I won.”

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He also revealed a number of breaking news items, including that the White House is working on a new executive order on immigration after the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals refused to reinstate it.

The official purpose of his impromptu press conference was to announce Alexander Acosta as his next nominee for labor secretary, after Andrew Puzder withdrew from consideration. But it quickly veered off into Trump’s attack on the media, as well as an opportunity for him to recite his agenda and accomplishments.

“I am here following through on what I pledged to do,” he said, vowing that he would take the message directly to the American people. He has a rally scheduled for Saturday in Florida.

Acosta served in the administration of President George W. Bush as assistant attorney general in the civil rights division, and was a member of the National Labor Relations Board. He also has been a dean of Florida International University’s College of Law.

“He has had a tremendous career,” Trump said, adding that he has been through Senate confirmation three times.

Trump also said that he met with prominent donor Paul Singer, who had opposed his candidacy and has become a “strong ally.”

“It’s all about unification — we are unifying the party and hopefully we will be unifying the country,” he said.

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  1. Carol Bowser says:

    The left wing news media is very bias; you’d have to be deaf, dumb, and blind not to recognize it. The statement that President Trump made to April, the black news commentator, that she should organize the meeting between him and the CBC is an example of the bias. What he said was tongue in cheek, so to speak, and she got all offended because of her color? It could have been a white news commentator that President Trump asked to arrange a meeting it wouldn’t have mattered, but she had to make it a racial issue. So ridiculous!!

  2. William simmoms says:

    Shep Smith stood downtown in the face of Katrina and it’s not so bad!?? Watching people walking the streets.

  3. Bill B. says:

    I think we know what’s out of control here and it ain’t the press. It’s this delusional and mentally impaired scary guy in the White House.

  4. William simmkns says:

    This guy was working for Obama at the time this was supposed to have happened!

  5. John says:

    It is a political war between liberals and conservatives media. Now, president Trump knows what it feels like when the liberal media tells lies about him as the conservative media did when they attacked president Obama about his birth certificate and his religion. President Trump needs to focus on his job, and not being on the defensive against the media, or maybe what they are saying is true. God bless America.

  6. Paul Doyal says:

    We are actually in crisis because this administration is in chaos, the next thing we are about to get involved in a global conflict, there are many countries that will take advantage of an administration in chaos,The only thing that will save us is not this administration! But the good people that acyually run this country, it might be wise to start to plan for a country without this president!

  7. People have been violent toward Trump? Gee, I just can’t recall where any Trump supporters got punched in the face when attending a Hillary rally. Maybe it happened. Please enlighten us.
    Nor do I recall Mr. T ever magnanimously cautioning his face-punching supporters to not, you know, punch fellow Americans in the face. He himself encouraged that sort of behavior. Imagine that. Soros was wrong to protest Trump when he merely encouraged people to show up, but it was OK for Trump himself to embolden face bashing.

    I think your moral equivalency meter needs to be recalibrated.

    However, I do recall, several or more instances of blacks getting punched and hauled out of rallies for daring to express 1st Amendment rights for daring to assert, omg, that black lives matter. Holy sh&!. The republic would fall! For protesting that a sexist slob was close to the Oval Office. Oh f*&^, how dare they tell the truth! That some douche wearing a swastika armband was kind of, you know, a bit disagreeable. Oh, no, nasty nattering neo-nazis! We need some law and order and extreme vetting!

    Did Trump protest those face bashing fascist fuc*****s at his rallies? I don’t recall. Probably not.

    The media is something like those black people at the rallies. Tired of getting punched in the face for daring to, you know, be 1st Amendment-ers. You know what they say about payback.

  8. Jacques Strappe says:

    Anyone who supports Trump is unfit to vote. Trump is Russian puppet. What’s up with all the Russia love!? Putin is a slimy snake, despot and murderer. Journalists and Russian dissidents who tell the truth about him permanently disappear.

  9. Jacques Strappe says:

    Lock him up in a straight jacket and make him permanently disappear. Seriously mentally ill nut job that is a danger to the United States and the world.

  10. If the media is so suspect, so conflicted, so out of control, perhaps Mr. T will explain, or express gratitude — or better yet, offer many millions of dollars for — all the many minutes of virtually free radio and TV time he nabbed or exploited during his campaign, particularly before his nomination when he needed a boost. Without that exposure, he may have gotten lost in the weeds. Mr. T surely seems to have considered the media to be in control and useful when he was seducing or coercing it.
    As is often the case, given these daily litanies of self-aggrandizing remarks, millions of informed citizens believe Mr. T needs a powerful laxative to relieve him of so much he is full of.

  11. Chris says:

    Maybe you should tell the truth you hypocrite

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