Trump suggests revoking reporters' White House credentials

Trump suggests revoking reporters' White House credentials

"The media get trumped: president's polls improve despite 90 percent negative coverage", said a new analysis of coverage released Tuesday.

He asked why the White House works with the media "when it is corrupt", adding, with a question mark: "Take away credentials?".

Trump's tweet exposes the veneer shrouding his "fake news" criticisms, confirming that he believes any negative news about him, regardless of its veracity, is fake.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders, however, insisted the administration is "very committed to a free press" and demonstrates that commitment through near-daily press briefings and access to the president.

Newsweek reports that Trump's tweet was referencing a study from the conservative Media Research Center finding that 91% of "evaluative" statements about Trump made on nightly newscasts from ABC, CBS, and NBC from June to August of past year were negative.

Trump has frequently attacked the media and its coverage of him since his days as a presidential candidate when he appeared to condone or even encourage violence against journalists.

President Donald Trump and Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari shake hands as they hold a press conference in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, April 30, 2018. "At the same time, the press has a responsibility to put out accurate information".

She then called any possible action by the president to prevent the press from doing its job an "unconscionable assault on the First Amendment".

During the election campaign, Trump had denied credentials to some of the top media outlets including The Washington Post and Politico.

Matt Drudge is taking issue with President Trump. During an interview with Anderson Cooper, the attorney who broke the news on Tuesday evening about the $500,000 payments to Trump's lawyer, Michael Avenatti, raised the possibility that some of the Russian money may ultimately have been funneled through Cohen to the Trump Organization.

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