Trump calls media ‘bonkers’, as he pushes his own shutdown story

in the vicinity ofthe video Howard Kurtz: A high-stakes debate about an alleged temper tantrum

‘MediaBuzz’ host Howard Kurtz weighs in on conflicting reports that President Donald Trump slammed his fists on the table, before abruptly walking out of his meeting with members of Congress, the Democratic leader.

There was a clear moment yesterday, as President Trump was pushing back against even more media accounts he sees as unfair.

Trump had a meeting, went to Capitol Hill with Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, the up convinced that you touched on the government shutdown, now in direction of the tip of the fourth week. The Senate minority leader, said Trump had struck the table, and the speaker of the house of representatives had publicly called him “an irritated President of the United States.” So, some of the media was not to brew it on-the-record reporting.

“I didn’t pound the table, I raised my voice. That was a lie,” Trump told reporters.

He added: “I don’t have tantrums, I know it is really. But it plays to a narrative, but it is a lie.”

To say that the story plays to a narrative that the President was acknowledging that his public image is quite different than the way he sees himself — and, not shockingly, the fault of the press. It’s stories in, as a rule, journalists are talking about, but the trump card is, of course, the media-critic-in-chief.

In the long run, whether he’s pounding the table or not is irrelevant. Trump clearly made a hasty exit from the Assembly, since by his own account, he said: “bye-bye” and left, after Pelosi said it, the Democrats would not Fund its boundary wall, even if he again the government.


Every White house tries to sell a narrative for the public, and has frequently clashed with the media portrait. But not since the Nixon days there was such a malignant and merciless battle over the image closer to the truth.

In this media availability, Trump said: “the news reported is wrong,” the incident. He said he asked Pelosi if they spoke in 30 days, according to a government re-opening, “us large edge-security, the barrier is a wall or a steel-type”, and she said no.

“What you should do is enter Pinocchios” — handed out by the Washington Post fact-checker because Mike Pence and Kevin McCarthy back, his account said the meeting, Trump. But he said the press and hold would be reported with a “what are you, because you’re eh fake news”.

The President was on shakier ground when he scolded the press for reporting on something he said, dozens and dozens of times.

“I know, the fake-news like to say,” Trump said that “during the campaign, I would say, to go to Mexico to pay for it. Of course, I’ve never said and I never would have thought that you are going to write a check. I said that you are going to pay for it.”

He flatly from that promise, leaving the impression that the Mexican government would somehow the tab to pick up for the border wall. I always thought he had a type of accounting statement, if the wall was built. And Trump the Mexicans pay for the wall, said by the “incredible offer, we are” on trade, in place of the NAFTA Region. Of course, the government remains in partial shutdown because of a fight more than 5.7 billion US dollars.


The President also tweeted about the leak to The New York Times, I reported yesterday that he said he did not want to give to, the Oval Office speech, but was persuaded by his communications team.

“There was a OFF-THE-RECORD lunch, something of a White house tradition or habit, to network anchors yesterday and they quickly leaked the content of the meeting. Who would believe how bad it has become, with the mainstream media, has completely crazy!”

Crazy can be one of the few insults he has hurled at the media.

But someone in this room has betrayed him by rules against off-the-record ground.

And it was this:

“The Mainstream media, it is NEVER more dishonest than it is now. NBC and MSNBC are Crazy. They report in stories, intentionally, the exact opposite of the facts. They are truly the opposition party of working with the Dems. Can be even worse than the Fake News from CNN, if that’s possible!”


The President, as was his habit, combines a lot of things with his attacks and counter-attacks on the press.

He fights back, if he will meet a different version of a closed door, or if an off-the-record agreement is broken: fair enough. But he also accused the media of dishonesty for the memory of each, of the vow of his campaign, that “Mexico is going to pay for it.” And he throws insults — crazy, crazy, opposition, party, not always bound to a specific complaint.

The President and the press remain married to their narratives that are opposed to all too often diametrically opposed.

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