An exasperated President Donald Trump on Thursday gathered the media in the White House’s East Room for a dressing down in which he claimed that he “inherited a mess” and that the “dishonest media” is not giving his presidency the credit it deserves.
“I’m making this presentation directly to the American people with the media present, which is an honor to have you, this morning, because many of our nation’s reporters and folks will not tell you the truth. And will not treat the wonderful people of our country with the respect that they deserve,” Trump said during a news conference that was billed as a rollout for his new labor secretary pick.
But after he quickly announced that Alexander Acosta is his new nominee, Trump launched into a 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,” he said.
“I inherited a mess. It’s a mess. At home and abroad, a mess. Jobs are pouring out of the country,” Trump added.
From there, the president 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.