During a White House news news conference yesterday, President Donald Trump denounced the media with claims that he “inherited a mess” from the Obama administration, and that the “dishonest media” is not giving his presidency the credit it deserves.
He moved on to decry the media, launching into a full-scale rant. “The press has become so dishonest that if we don’t talk about it we are doing a tremendous disservice to the American people. Tremendous disservice. We have to talk about it. We have to find out what’s going on because the press honestly is out of control.”
“I inherited a mess. It’s a mess. At home and abroad, a mess. Jobs are pouring out of the country,” the ranting President added.
He also asserted that his administration is running like a “fine tuned machine,” despite recent evidence that points to the contrary. Trump’s comments arise from a White House that appears largely dysfunctional, marked by leaks, division and several high-profile exits. During this week alone, the President’s national security aide and his top choice for labour secretary have both been deposed. Trump makes a pointed remark about this, essentially saying that everything is going smoothly “despite the fact that I can’t get my Cabinet approved.”
Don’t believe the main stream (fake news) media.The White House is running VERY WELL. I inherited a MESS and am in the process of fixing it.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 18, 2017
Trump continued on to defend his ousted national security advisor Michael Flynn, saying that Flynn was “just doing his job.” The President then also announced that he was “not happy” with how information about Flynn’s phone call to a Russian diplomat was relayed to Vice President Mike Pence.
However these incidents have not deterred the confident President, as he launched into a laundry list of issues on which he has claimed victories or at least progress, including border security, combating the Islamic State, job creation and a reduction of government regulation.
President Trump assured the conference that the American public believes that his presidency has been a success even though the media has depicted it as otherwise with a series of critical reports.
“The people get it. Much of the media doesn’t get it,” President Donald Trump claimed. “They actually get it, but they don’t write it. Let’s put it that way.”
Watch the live streaming of the conference here.