Donald Trump continued his war against the ‘fake news’ media on Monday, mocking reporters for complaining about his tweets while they ignore his domestic and foreign policy agendas.
‘At some point the Fake News will be forced to discuss our great jobs numbers, strong economy, success with ISIS, the border & so much else!’ the president tweeted.
His top counselor Kellyanne Conway was pushing the same message Monday morning on ‘Fox & Friends,’ criticizing the news media for its 14 per cent approval rating.
‘They don’t cover the substance of the issues,’ she said. ‘I mean, look, I know it is a heck of a lot easier to cover 140 characters here or there, or the president may be saying about the media here or there, than it is to the learn finer points of you how Medicaid is funded in this country and how that would or would not change under the Senate bill. How the child care tax credit might affect your family.’
‘They don’t cover these finer policy points,’ Conway said.
President Donald Trump spoke about ‘fake news’ during the Celebrate Freedom Rally at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday
Trump tweeted a jab at journalists Monday morning, saying they eventually ‘will be forced’ to report on his policy achievements
Reporters, she claimed, ‘call me unilaterally, and say, “Well, we would cover that, kellyanne, except the president did this and said that”.’
‘I think if you have a 24/7 cable news outlet or you’re a network or you are a print reporter you can probably cover all of the above.’
Trump’s latest tweet followed a blistering attack on political journalists during a Saturday night event in which he castigated the news outlets he loves to hate.
‘The fake media is trying to silence us,’ Trump told an adoring audience at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington.
‘But we will not let them. Because the people know the truth. The fake media tried to stop us from going to the White House. But I’m president and they’re not.’
The capacity crowd rose to its feet.
‘We won & they lost!’ he continued. ‘The fact is, the press has destroyed themselves because they went too far. Instead of being subtle and smart, they used the hatchet. And the people saw it right from the beginning. ‘
Trump heard a Baptist church choir serenade him on Saturday with a song that included his slogan ‘Make America Great Again’
‘The dishonest media will never keep us from accomplishing our objectives on behalf of the great American people. It will never happen,’ Trump said, riffing on his top policy priorities. ‘Their agenda is not your agenda. You’ve been seeing it.’
‘I will never stop fighting for you. I am delivering on trade, on the economy, on the Supreme Court, on the Second Amendment, on our military, for our veterans, and on our borders – where we are doing record, record stoppage.’
Trump’s weekend was filled with anti-media tweets, including a video clip pulled from Reddit that showed him physically body-slamming a pro wrestling mogul with the CNN logo pasted over his face.
Trump has defended his use of Twitter, caling it ‘modern day presidential’ on Sunday
And he continued his verbal assault on MSNBC’ ‘Morning Joe’ hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski,’ days after drawing criticism for saying Brzezinski was ‘bleeding badly from a face-lift’ during a New Year’s Even party at his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida.
On Saturday, he piled on: ‘Crazy Joe Scarborough and dumb as a rock Mika are not bad people, but their low rated show is dominated by their NBC bosses. Too bad!’
Trump claimed in another tweet that MSNBC’s firing of host Greta Van Susteren was a decision made because of her politics.
‘Word is that @Greta Van Susteren was let go by her out of control bosses at @NBC & @Comcast because she refused to go along w/ “Trump hate!”‘ he wrote, without saying where he had heard that version of events about Van Susteren’s low-rated program.
And continuing his plastering of CNN, he tweeted that he was ‘extremely pleased to see that @CNN has finally been exposed as #FakeNews and garbage journalism. It’s about time!’
On Sunday the president defended his controversial use of tweeted jabs and haymakers to speak directly to the American people without the filter of a news media that largely hates and resents him.
Trump has consistently bashed political journalists for siding with Hillary Clinton during the election, and claims his use of social media to go around them contributed to his victory
‘My use of social media is not Presidential – it’s MODERN DAY PRESIDENTIAL. Make America Great Again!’ he wrote on Twitter.
That came a day after he blasted the ‘FAKE & FRAUDULENT NEWS MEDIA’ for ‘working hard to convince Republicans and others I should not use social media.’
‘[B]ut remember,’ Trump added: ‘I won the 2016 election with interviews, speeches and social media. I had to beat #FakeNews, and did. We will continue to WIN!’