Published: Thu, May 10, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Trump muses about yanking news media credentials in response to negative coverage

Trump muses about yanking news media credentials in response to negative coverage

Trump commented on his decision while speaking to reporters at the White House on Wednesday. "Just reported that, despite the tremendous success we are having with the economy & all things else, 91 per cent of the Network News about me is negative (Fake)", Trump had rued in a tweet.

WHCA President Margaret Talev quickly responded with a statement that called out the president's inflammatory rhetoric concerning the media and likewise scolded him, saying that his dislike of what the media is saying "does not make it fake".

"We are 100 percent committed to making sure that Iran does not have nuclear weapons", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told a news briefing.

Trump was asked: "Could you assure that even news outlets that you feel are being very unfair to you will continue to have their credentials at the White House if you're elected President?"

Sanders noted two reports in the past week: The New York Times slamming Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday for not being present when Trump announced the USA pull-out from the Iran nuclear agreement and The Washington Post's report Sunday that the president and first lady Melania Trump were "often apart" in the White House or on regular visits to Mar-a-Lago in Florida. "At the same time, the press has a responsibility to put out accurate information". As president, he has suggested he could take away networks' broadcast licenses. "We are taking questions".

"That outrageous claim was then repeated again in this room. That's something an independent company that hires that individual would have to make that determination, not me", Sanders said during Wednesday's press briefing.

Journalist Matt Laslo tweeted: "Getting lectured about the "responsibility" of being a reporter is rich coming from Sanders who regularly either misleads or gives flawed information to the press corps".

"Why do we work so hard in working with the media when it is corrupt?"

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