It was story time with President Trump on Thursday night as he once again blasted members of the media at a campaign rally in Pennsylvania — calling them “fake, fake, disgusting news.”
For roughly 20 minutes, the commander-in-chief told multiple tales about conversations he had with First Lady Melania Trump following major events that he thought for sure would earn him positive press coverage.
Trump opened up with a chat they had after the Singapore Summit.
“I go home, I see my wife. I say, ‘Honey, we’re gonna get the greatest [news coverage] — I just did something so great today. I just stopped missiles from being launched every two seconds in Korea,’” Trump recounted.
“‘Baby, what I did with North Korea was great. I got along great with chairman Kim,” the president recalled saying, noting how that was “a good thing, not a bad thing.”
“And you know what baby, I got the hostages back. I didn’t have to pay anything. And you know what honey? They’re not testing anymore nuclear [weapons]. They haven’t had a test in nine months…And you know what else? They’re not sending rockets over Japan…They haven’t launched one in nine months.’”
Trump went on to say that he told Melania, “Ohhh, the media is gonna treat me, finally, so good” as a result of the meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
“I mean, its’ gonna be so great baby. I’m looking so forward to getting up tomorrow and reading those dying papers,” he recalled telling the first lady. “And what do I read? What do I read? ‘Donald Trump isn’t moving fast enough.’ Can you believe it?”
Instead of being “fair,” Trump claimed that the “horrible” and “horrendous” press tore into him for no reason. He noted how previous administrations had tried to improve relations with North Korea “for 75 years” and were unsuccessful.
“Obama didn’t do anything,” Trump said. “In all fairness, other administrations did nothing. And what do I read? I’m not moving fast enough. Oh, boy — what a group.”
Trump went on to describe several other conversations he had with Melania and staff-members following recent, headline-grabbing events — such as his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier this month and the NATO summit in Brussels.
“So I said to my wife, ‘I just raised a couple of hundred billion dollars and it was like, so easy,’” Trump recounted, referring to his previous claims about convincing NATO members to “up” their spending.
“I said, ‘Honey, wait until you see the press I get on this — it’s gonna be great!” the president remembered saying. “And here’s what the fake news said, largely. They said, ‘Donald trump, our president, was extremely rude to presidents and prime ministers’ — and in a couple of cases dictators, but that’s alright.
“They don’t talk about the money I raised,” Trump added. “I was ‘rude.’”
At one point during the rally, the president flat-out asked: “What ever happened to fair press? What ever happened to honest reporting?”
He later claimed that media members could spin stories and “make anything bad because they are the fake, fake disgusting news.”
Trump’s storytelling seemed to captivate the crowd in Wilkes-Barre on Thursday night — with chants of “CNN sucks” breaking out repeatedly — during the campaign event for GOP Senate candidate Lou Barletta. It came just hours after Trump’s eldest daughter, Ivanka, publicly defended media members during an Axios event in Washington.
“I’ve certainly received my fair share of reporting on me personally that I know not to be fully accurate,” Ivanka said. “So I have some sensitivity around why people have concerns and gripe, especially when they’re sort of targeted. But no, I do not feel that the media is the enemy of the people.”
In response to her comments, Trump later tweeted: “They asked my daughter Ivanka whether or not the media is the enemy of the people. She correctly said no. It is the FAKE NEWS, which is a large percentage of the media, that is the enemy of the people!”
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