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Trump’s latest attack on the press comes as the White House is working on a new strategy for dealing with the media’s growing scrutiny of Trump.
The president and his aides have been struggling to avoid being accused of obstructionism after he suggested that former President Barack Obama was born in Kenya.
The administration has been trying to avoid the topic altogether.
Trump on Wednesday defended his tweets by saying that the president had been trying his best to get the press to cover him and was frustrated with the news media.
“You know, I was trying to get it out there,” Trump told reporters at a press conference on Capitol Hill.
“But we had to go a little bit harder than we would’ve liked.
We have a little tougher media than we do, you know.”
Trump’s comments came after a series of news conferences he has held in which he has questioned the credibility of the media, saying the media is covering him unfairly and that he’s going to do everything in his power to “make sure the press covers me, and the press gets it right.”
“The press is trying to make it a story,” Trump said.
“You know the press has made it a very complicated story, but you know the truth is I have a lot of respect for the press.”
He also said he was going to “do everything in my power to make sure the media covers me,” according to the Washington Post.
The president on Wednesday also said that he was “not surprised” that the press had made him look like an obstructionist, because he had done the same thing to other presidents and former presidents.
“I did it to everybody,” Trump, 69, said.
“If I was an obstructioner, they would be like, ‘Oh, he’s not doing it to you,'” Trump said of the press.
“It would be the same story, because I’m trying to put the press in a bad light.”
Trump has repeatedly blamed the media for being biased against him.
His attacks have included suggesting that the New York Times, CNN and MSNBC are covering him “like the enemy.”
Trump on Wednesday took a shot at the Whitehouse’s press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who was in attendance during his remarks.
“Sarah Huckabee, who is in a room next to me, has never had a question answered,” Trump shouted at her, referring to Sanders.
“The whole room is not allowed to answer questions, Sarah,” he said.
The press secretary later tried to clarify her remarks, saying that she was referring to reporters who have not been credentialed for events.
Sanders has defended Trump’s remarks, telling Fox News on Wednesday that Trump’s comments were not meant to suggest that the media was biased against the president.
“He’s never said anything that was disparaging about anyone in the press corps, or anyone who is covering this,” Sanders said.
Sanders also said she did not know Trump was planning on taking questions during his trip to the WhiteHouse.
“What he said was he’s got a lot to do with the way the press is covering us,” Sanders told Fox News.
“And it’s up to him, he has the ability to make the decisions that he feels are right.
So I just think it’s a little unfair to me to characterize his comments as disparaging.”