During his first solo press conference as president, Donald Trump blasted media agencies for releasing damaging and inaccurate reports about his administration. He also stressed that he would have done more during his first few weeks as president if not for the “messy inheritance” he received from Barack Obama.
Earlier today, Trump took the opportunity to update the country about his first month in office, which some news agencies described as turbulent in their reports. However, as noted by Trump, he noted that his administration is very stable and operating smoothly, contrary to what the mainstream media is saying.
He stressed that these agencies, such as CNN, has been targeting him and his administration through fake news reports to make it seem as if he is not an effective leader. While blasting the mainstream media, he noted that many news reports today are oftentimes filled with inaccurate information regarding his policies and actions as president.
“The press honestly is out of control,” he said during the press conference held at the East Wing of the White House. “The level if dishonesty is out of control.”
In line with his criticism against mainstream media, he also singled out CNN and the New York Times regarding their allegations on the ties between his campaign aides and Russian officials. He clarified that neither he nor his staff and party members have links to Russia and labeled the two news agencies as distributors of fake news.
Aside from blasting the media, Trump also noted that he would have been a stronger and more effective leader during his first month in office if not for the current state of the country. Referencing the local and international issues left by Obama before he stepped done, Trump said that he is cleaning up the mess that his liberal predecessor left behind.
“I inherited a mess,” he said. “It’s a mess. At home and abroad, a mess.”