Tuesday, 28 March, 2017

U.S. media's dishonesty is out of control

Editorial: Keep protecting children of undocumented immigrants Obama trumped the media
Garry Little | 17 February, 2017, 00:24

Trump spoke briefly, first announcing his new labor secretary pick Alex Acosta, in the East Room of the White House, then took questions from reporters on a range of issues from bomb threats against Jewish community centers to leaks about his staff's contact with Russian intelligence during the campaign.

"The tone is such hatred", Trump said.

The president ticked off efforts and policies including protecting the country from the Islamic State, backing away from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and keeping companies from taking jobs overseas.

Trump went on to mount a staunch defense of his presidency, after saying he "inherited a mess", he described his administration as "running like a fine-tuned machine".

"I inherited a mess".

"It's a mess. At home, and overseas".

The attacks on the news media echoed Mr. Trump's stump speeches from the campaign, where he routinely denounced news reporters as the "most dishonest people I've ever seen".

Pressed further whether he knows of representatives talking with the Kremlin during the USA presidential election, he added, "Nobody that I know of". Last July, he told a news conference in Florida: "Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing".

He also revealed an executive order on the travel ban is expected next week.

"The leaks are absolutely real", Trump said. "The news is fake", Trump said.

The impromptu press conference, which was scheduled an hour in advance, was ostensibly organised to announce Mr Trump's new nominee for U.S. labour secretary, R Alexander Acosta, following Andrew Puzder's withdrawal from the nomination process on Wednesday.

"It's very important to me" to unite the country, Trump said.

"The press has become so dishonest and if we don't talk about it we are doing a tremendous disservice to the American people, because the press is out of control".

The president has sought for days now to focus attention on leaks as illegal and risky.

Mr Trump, who took questions from numerous reporters, denied claims that he has close ties to Russian Federation, saying: "I have nothing to do with Russian Federation".

"Putin probably assumes that he can't make a deal with me any more because politically it would be unpopular for a politician to make a deal", he said.

Mattis said the Trump administration will still engage Putin politically.

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