President Donald Trump has unveiled a campaign ad touting the success of his first 100 days in office, while labeling a number of news organizations as "fake news" (video below).
Donald J. Trump For President, Inc. reportedly plans to spend $1.5 million to air the ad, which is slated to air in major markets around the U.S. The 30-second ad cites Neil Gorsuch's confirmation to the Supreme Court and the Keystone Pipeline as victories for the president, while calling out a number of news outlets including CNN and MSNBC, according to the Daily Mail.
"America has rarely seen such success," says the ad's narrator. "A respected Supreme Court justice confirmed. Companies investing in American jobs again. America becoming more energy independent. Regulations that kill American jobs eliminated. The biggest tax cut plan in history."
"You wouldn't know it from watching the news," the ad continues, showing the words "Fake News" in large red text over the images of several news anchors.
The newscasters included in the ad are Rachel Maddow and Andrea Mitchell from MSNBC, Wolf Blitzer from CNN, Scott Pelley from CBS, and George Stephanopolous from ABC.
The campaign released a statement, in which it called the president's first 100 days "historic."
"In his first 100 days, President Donald J. Trump has taken bold actions to restore prosperity, keep Americans safe and secure, and hold the government accountable," says the statement. "The campaign is continuing President Trump's approach of reaching out to the American people directly by highlighting his work over the first 100 days and fighting back against the continued media bias."
The ad does not mention Trump and the GOP's failed attempt at passing a health care bill to replace the Affordable Care Act, or Trump's attempts to fund a border wall, the New York Times points out. It also excludes the controversy surrounding Trump's executive order banning immigration from several Muslim-majority countries, which was blocked twice by federal judges.
While Trump reportedly signed a number of executive orders that accomplished some of his campaign promises made in his "Contract with the American Voter," Quartz reports that the administration's progress has slowed significantly.
In one example, the president had promised to renegotiate NAFTA or withdraw from the deal. Trump reportedly appeared to be preparing to do the latter, but quickly backed down from the move after calls with the leaders of Canada and Mexico.
The president took to Twitter earlier in April to complain that the media wasn't giving him enough credit for what he has done during his first 100 days, PolitiFact reports.
"No matter how much I accomplish during the ridiculous standard of the first 100 days, & it has been a lot (including [Supreme Court]), media will kill!" tweeted Trump on April 21.