During a Feb. 16 news conference listed as an opportunity to discuss his new nominee for labor secretary, President Donald Trump lashed out at the media, saying that they have been "dishonest" and have not acknowledged that he "inherited a mess."
"The press has become so dishonest that if we don't talk about it we are doing a tremendous disservice to the American people," the president said at the press event, according to Politico. "Tremendous disservice. We have to talk about it. We have to find out what's going on because the press honestly is out of control."
Trump announced that he selected Alexander Acosta as his new labor secretary pick after Andrew Puzder, the CEO of the company that owns fast-food chains Carl's Jr. and Hardee's, stepped down amid fierce opposition from both Democrats and Republicans over his stance on labor issues and a record that involves paying employees in cash and hiring an undocumented immigrant as his housekeeper, reports CNN.
But at the press conference, the president did not speak much about Acosta or Puzder. Instead, he said that news outlets are willfully reporting "fake news" about him, citing a New York Times report that said Trump's campaign aides frequently contacted top Russian officials as well as a "disgraceful" Wall Street Journal article that said some American intelligence officers have withheld information from Trump's administration, according to Politico.
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"The media is trying to attack our administration because they know we are following through on pledges that we made, and they are not happy about it, for whatever reason," explained Trump. "But a lot of people are happy about it."
He also said that his approval rating is at 55 percent and climbing and shot down a number of polls which show him with a historically low approval rating for a new president.
The reality, Trump said, is that he "inherited a mess" both "at home and abroad" where "jobs are pouring out of the country" at an alarming rate.
"The people get it," the president added. "Much of the media doesn't get it. They actually get it, but they don't write it. Let's put it that way."