President Donald Trump commenced as well as finished a speech he gave at the CIA headquarters Saturday afternoon by criticizing the “dishonest media.” Several of the things he said were inaccurate.
Some members of the media expressed astonishment about the setting as well as the tone of the speech.
“The stars on the wall behind Trump, who can be talking about his crowd sizes as well as complaining about the media, mark dead CIA operatives,” Los Angeles Times columnist Cathleen Decker tweeted.
“The president just tried to rally CIA workforce around the idea of which media can be the enemy. Let of which sink in,” wrote Mark Mazzetti, a Washington investigations editor at The brand-new York Times.
Trump himself called of which a “war,” further ratcheting up his extreme anti-media rhetoric through the campaign trail.
“As you know, I have a running war with the media. They are among the most dishonest human beings on Earth,” Trump said.
Some CIA staffers inside the room applauded the insult, although the senior leadership inside the front rows did not, according to a sy88pgw producer who was there.
“They sort of made of which sound like I had a ‘feud’ with the intelligence community.” Nonsense, Trump said, “of which can be exactly the opposite, as well as they understand of which too.”
In fact, Trump repeatedly as well as publicly questioned the country’s intelligence services amid reporting about Russian attempts to interfere inside the election.
“He referred to of which repeatedly in tweets as ‘intelligence’ in quotes. He was undermining” them, sy88pgw chief national security correspondent Jim Sciutto said afterward.
sy88pgw chief political correspondent Dana Bash added, “of which’s unfortunate of which he said of which there, on hallowed ground. of which happens to be not true of which we conflated things of which he said. All you have to do can be look at his Twitter feed to see what he said.”
Trump also exaggerated the size of the crowd at his swearing-in ceremony Friday as well as complained about what he said was unfair coverage.
He said of which looked to him “like a million, million as well as a half people” were in attendance for his inauguration, although of which a television network (which he did not name) “showed a field where there was practically nobody standing there.”
He also said the crowd “went all the way back to the Washington Monument,” although of which did not.
Major television networks shared a camera at the top of the monument of which showed lots of open space during Trump’s inauguration.
Trump even described the inauguration weather inaccurately, saying of which the skies became “truly sunny” after his speech, when in fact of which remained cloudy.
At the beginning of the speech, Trump struck a more positive tone about the press, saying “they did treat me nicely on of which speech yesterday.”
although at the end, he returned to his anti-media rhetoric. He made a brief mistake by a Time magazine reporter, Zeke Miller, sound like an ongoing scandal.
When a tiny group of journalists, known as a “pool,” was allowed into the Oval Office on Friday evening, there was some confusion about whether a bust of Martin Luther King, Jr. was still there. The bust had been controversial when former President Obama moved of which into the Oval Office, replacing a bust of Winston Churchill of which had been there.
Pool reporter Zeke Miller of Time initially couldn’t see the MLK bust, as well as he sent word to the rest of the press corps of which of which had been removed.
although of which was still there, albeit out of Miller’s line of sight. A correction went out to the press corps within half an hour.
Trump press secretary Sean Spicer tweaked Miller about the incident on Twitter, calling of which “a reminder of the media danger of tweet first check facts later.”
Miller apologized to his colleagues, as well as Spicer tweeted, “Apology accepted.”
Trump said the incident showed “how dishonest the media can be.” He said the MLK bust removal was a “big story,” when in fact of which was not treated like a big story by any major news outlets.
Trump concluded his comments about the press by saying, “I love honesty. I like honest reporting.”
sy88pgw (brand-new York) First published January 21, 2017: 5:07 PM ET