- President Donald Trump held a press conference at his New Jersey golf club on Friday, inviting club members to watch his interaction with members of the media.
- Prior to the briefing, the president was caught on a hot mic urging club members to “see what I have to go through,” calling White House reporters “all my killers,” according to CNN’s Jim Acosta.
- The president has challenged media coverage of the coronavirus pandemic, calling it a “hoax” and sometimes suggesting that she has not been sufficiently supportive of her administration.
- “You will have the opportunity to meet the fake news tonight,” the president reportedly said on Friday.
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President Donald Trump was caught on a hot mic ahead of his press conference on Friday, inviting members of his Florida country club to watch his next media briefing, calling reporters his “killers,” a CNN reporter said .
“You will have the opportunity to meet the fake news tonight,” the president said, according to a tweet from CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta, who was in attendance at the New Jersey briefing. “You’ll see what I have to go through. ”
” Who is here? Trump added, according to Acosta. “Oh, all my killers are here, wow. So you’re going to see some of the people we deal with every day.
The White House did not immediately return Business Insider’s request for comment on Saturday.
As Business Insider previously reported, the president held a press conference on the coronavirus pandemic at his New Jersey golf club on Friday to reporters and a crowd of non-socially distant supporters behind. Photographs shared by reporters had shown many maskless members among the audience, although a reporter from the golf club later said spectators were given masks before the press conference began.
—Jim Acosta (@Acosta) 8 août 2020
The crowd – sometimes – even participated in the press briefing. Notably, when a reporter asked the president about the lack of masks or the social distancing of the crowd ahead of the event, attendees standing behind members of the press started booing the reporter.
The president told the reporter that those attending the club without a mask were participating in a “peaceful protest,” as Business Insider reported.
“No, they don’t have to – it’s political activity,” he said. “You are wrong because they have exceptions for political activity, and it is also a peaceful protest. ”
Throughout his administration, the president has challenged media coverage of his administration, frequently using the term “fake news” to discredit journalists, as the BBC noted.
In particular, the president has challenged media coverage of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which has so far killed at least 161,456 Americans according to a count on Saturday from Johns Hopkins University, lamenting that it has not been favorable enough and referring to it as part of a “hoax”.
“We are doing very well,” Trump said on Friday. “You don’t hear that too often in the media. We have a very large country, a very complex country in a way. “