President Donald Trump used a hastily-called press conference to blast the media’s coverage of his administration in his strongest terms yet, Fox News reports.
Trump declared that the press is “out of control,” that media reports on his team’s ties to Russia are “fake,” and that news outlets are attacking him because they oppose his agenda.
"The media’s trying to attack our administration because they know we are following through on the pledges that we made, and they’re not happy about it," said the President at the White House.
Fox reports that the president spoke and took questions for over an hour, even joking with some reporters toward the end and saying he was having fun. In a bid to preempt negative coverage of his remarks, Trump insisted he was not "ranting and raving." But he lamented that the "tone" of coverage of his administration is one of "such hatred."
"The public doesn't believe you people anymore," he said. Exactly right, and that, along with Trump's open disdain for them, accounts for the media's petulant outrage.
Trump unleashed the battery of accusations after first announcing his newest cabinet nomination, law school dean and former federal prosecutor Alexander Acosta for Secretary of Labor.
"He has had a tremendous career," President Trump said of Acosta before moving on to lambaste the media for underplaying his administration's progress so far.
"The press honestly is out of control," Trump correctly noted. He promised to take his message "straight to the people."