Trump Bashes Media for Russia Coverage: Press Didn’t Cover My Private Meeting
President Donald Trump sat down for an interview with CBS News’ Jeff Glor at the end of whirlwind tour of Europe that culminated in the widely panned press conference with Vladimir Putin — and trashed the media for its coverage of his summit with the Russian autocrat.
After declaring “I think I did great at the news conference,” Trump embarked on a rambling anti-press diatribe:
“I don’t know what the fuss is all about. I think we did extremely well. I think the press makes up — look it’s fake news that people understand. I think the press largely makes up a lot of the fuss about a lot of things. And I’m not talking about one of it I’m talking about everything, it’s crazy. You do something that’s positive, and they try and make it as negative as possible.”
Trump went on to say that “some of the most honorable people I know, some great people are reporters, journalists etc.,” before adding “but the level of dishonesty in your profession is extremely high.”
Glor pointed out that the press simply covered the statements Trump made in his televised press conference with Putin.
Trump dismissed that point, arguing that the press should have covered his private one-on-one meeting with Putin.
“They didn’t cover my meeting, the important thing frankly was the meeting,” Trump said.