Why we’re having trouble understanding the political divide between the right and left in the US
President Donald Trump, who has frequently spoken out against the media and called the news media a “fraud,” has made no secret of his disdain for the news organizations and their reporters.
But on Tuesday, the president tweeted a video of a news conference in which he criticized the media for not being able to tell the truth.
In the clip, which was shared on Tuesday by Trump’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, Trump was seen on stage discussing the media’s coverage of the Trump-Russia investigation, which he said was “fake news” and “fake stories.”
He added: “They’re the same people who say, ‘Fake news.'”
The clip has since been deleted, but a screenshot of it was shared by CNN and posted to Twitter.
“It’s the same old lies, the same fake stories, the exact same lies,” Trump said.
“It’s called the media.
They’re the most dishonest people in the world.”
The tweet came hours after the White House confirmed that the president had called a news briefing Tuesday afternoon and asked reporters to cover the press conference as if it was his own.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders defended the president’s request, saying the president and the White Houses communications team have been working closely with the media to ensure that the American people have access to accurate information.
“The president has made clear that he will not be bullied by the media,” Sanders said.
The White House did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment.
The media has been under intense scrutiny since Trump’s inauguration, when CNN reporter Jim Acosta and a colleague were fired from their jobs for asking questions about his administration’s ties to Russia.