The Trump administration has not been shy about its distaste for the media.
In a recent speech to the American Enterprise Institute, the president described the media as “very dishonest” and “very hostile to me,” calling them “totally hostile to our country.”
It’s a description he has used before.
“They don’t like me.
They don’t think I’m qualified to be president.
They just don’t know me.
And they want to smear me,” he said in May.
“I just want them to understand: I have a great reputation, and I will fight to get it back.”
The media, he said, has “done a great job” of “trying to hurt” him.
“But I’ve got a great record, and we’re going to fight back.
And we’re gonna win.”
The president’s campaign, after all, relied heavily on the media to attack him and his policies, which were unpopular in many quarters.
The media and their allies have even accused the president of deliberately undermining the press, with the administration claiming that he has undermined the ability of the press to cover him effectively and to keep his lies in check.
Trump has been particularly critical of the New York Times and other outlets that have covered his administration and has lashed out at their reporting on his presidency, accusing them of having a “total and complete disrespect for our country and its institutions.”
Trump has also taken aim at The New Yorker and the Washington Post, which he has repeatedly said have made “disgraceful” and unfair allegations about him.
In an interview with The Washington Post in May, Trump said the media had “sick people.”
He said: “I have to tell you, I have to get the newspapers out.
Because the newspapers are sick people.
They’re dishonest people.
And you know what?
They’re disgusting people.
And I will tell you: If they ever make a false statement or if they ever lie, I’m going to fire the press. “
The press is disgusting, they are dishonest people, they have no credibility.
And if they make a horrible, horrible false statement, I’ll find a way to do something about it. “
When I see a paper, I will fire the paper.
“And they want the press and I have an unbelievable chance of getting rid of it. “
And that’s going to be a great thing for our government.” “
And they want the press and I have an unbelievable chance of getting rid of it.
And that’s going to be a great thing for our government.”
In a separate interview with the Wall Street Journal, Trump also said that the media was “really not that good,” comparing them to “a gang of thugs.”
The President’s comments have come amid the growing tension between the administration and the press corps, as he has taken to social media to criticize outlets and the news media for their coverage of his administration.
The administration has been under heavy criticism for the way the White House and the media have treated him since he took office in January, when the media repeatedly attacked his presidency and his claims that President Barack Obama wiretapped his phone during the 2016 campaign.
He has also accused the media of “fake news” and falsely accusing him of being involved in the shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana in June 2017.
“If you look at the mainstream media and they’re going on all of these attacks against me and I’m not even involved, you know, the other way around, they’re not going to do it,” Trump said in the speech to AEI.
And the president said, you want to know how I’m doing, I don’t care. “
Somebody said, ‘Well, what about the president’s policies?’
And the president said, you want to know how I’m doing, I don’t care.
And when they start going after me and then the press goes after me, it’s just gonna be a very bad thing.””
So, we’re very, really trying to get them out of the media business.
And when they start going after me and then the press goes after me, it’s just gonna be a very bad thing.”