Washington, DC-President Donald Trump continued his defense of the American people against the barrage of misinformation and misleading headlines since he has taken the oath of office.
On Thursday, he spoke at a press conference, over the media, directly to the American people.
“I’m making this presentation directly to the American people with the media present, which is an honor to have you this morning, because many of our nation’s reporters and folks will not tell you the truth and will not treat the wonderful people of our country with the respect that they deserve,” Trump said. “And I hope going forward we can be a little bit different, and maybe get along a little bit better, if that’s possible. Maybe it’s not, and that’s okay too.”
LIVE: President Donald J. Trump holds a press conference in the East Room of the White House.
Posted by The White House on Thursday, February 16, 2017
Trump showed no love for the mainstream media.
“Unfortunately, much of the media in Washington, D.C., along with New York, Los Angeles, in particular, speaks not for the people but for the special interests and for those profiting off a very, very obviously broken system,” Trump said. “The press has become so dishonest that if we don’t talk about it, we are doing a tremendous disservice to the American people — tremendous disservice. We have to talk about it to find out what’s going on, because the press honestly is out of control. The level of dishonesty is out of control.”
He reminded the American public that he was committed to draining the swamp in Washington, even if that means draining the media outlets that thrive in the swamp.
“I ran for President to represent the citizens of our country. I am here to change the broken system so it serves their families and their communities well. I am talking, and really talking, on this very entrenched power structure, and what we’re doing is we’re talking about the power structure, we’re talking about its entrenchment,” he added. “As a result, the media is going through what they have to go through to oftentimes distort — not all the time — and some of the media is fantastic, I have to say; they’re honest and fantastic. But much of it is not — the distortion. And we’ll talk about it, and you’ll be able to ask me questions about it.”
Trump was quick to place blame on the poor health and division of America squarely on the shoulders of the past eight years of Barack Obama’s presidency, which left the country more divided that it has been since the 1960’s, perhaps even more.
“But we’re not going to let it happen, because I’m here again to take my message straight to the people. As you know, our administration inherited many problems across government and across the economy,” Trump added. “To be honest, I inherited a mess — it’s a mess — at home and abroad. A mess. Jobs are pouring out of the country. You see what’s going on with all of the companies leaving our country, going to Mexico and other places — low-pay, low-wages. Mass instability overseas, no matter where you look. The Middle East, a disaster. North Korea — we’ll take care of it, folks. We’re going to take care of it all. I just want to let you know I inherited a mess.”