The atmosphere in the White House press briefing room got fiery on Thursday — even more than usual — when a reporter demanded to know if President Trump stands by his previous statement that the media is “the enemy of the American people.”
The reporter, identified as Sarah from NPR, asked the question, to which White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders replied, “The president is rightfully frustrated.”
“Ninety percent of the coverage on [Trump] is negative despite the economy is booming, ISIS on the run and American leadership has been reasserted around the world,” she continued. “Just this week, the media refused to cover his remarks in Florida to highlight effort on the workforce development. In fact, he pooler for the press said there was no news made despite the fact that the governor of the state joined with dozens of businesses across the state of Florida to announce thousands of new jobs.”
Sanders drilled deeper, adding, “That may not be news in Washington, D.C., but I can assure you it is news in the state of Florida that people who didn’t have a job before the president took office have better opportunity and the opportunity to have a job moving forward. That’s actually real news and something that people in the state of Florida and across this country appreciate. That was totally ignored.”
But she wasn’t done yet.
“Not only that...a journalist on CNN claimed the president hadn’t taken questions in over a week despite the fact that the same journalist did a live shot from the two-and-two press conference that the president had with the prime minister of Italy just moments after making that accusation,” she said.
“With this sort of misinformation and the lack of interest that is so pervasive in the media, it’s completely understandable for the president to be frustrated,” Sanders concluded.
She moved on to the next question, but CNN reporter Jim Acosta piped up later, angrily demanding that Sanders spell out exactly whether Trump still considers the media “the enemy of the people.”
Sanders hit him with a one-two verbal punch, then let Trump speak for himself after the press conference on Twitter.
“They asked my daughter Ivanka whether or not the media is the enemy of the people,” the president tweeted. “She correctly said no. It is the FAKE NEWS, which is a large percentage of the media, that is the enemy of the people!