Donald Trump evidently isn’t planning on changing his contentious relationship with the press any time soon.
During a Tuesday press conference that focused on his donations to veterans groups, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee was grilled repeatedly about his frequent criticisms of political reporters — barbs that he often uses as applause-lines at political rallies.
CNN’s Jim Acosta asked Trump whether his characterization of the press as “dishonest” and “disgusting” was fair.
“You seem to be resistant to this kind of scrutiny, the kind of scrutiny that comes with running for president of the United States,” Acosta said.
Trump refused to apologise, complaining that his relationship with the political press was the result of what he called “probably libelous” stories about him. The real-estate mogul said scrutiny over the $6 million he pledged to donate to veterans organisations earlier this year was unfair.
“I think the political press is among the most dishonest people that I’ve ever met,” Trump said.
Trump went after individual reporters. The real-estate magnate called ABC’s Tom Llamas a “real sleaze,” and interrupted Acosta to comment on his looks.
“I’ve watched you on television. You’re a real beauty,” Trump said sarcastically to Acosta has the reporter attempted to finish a question.
Trump ended Tuesday’s press conference by promising to continue his contentious relationship with political reporters.
“You’ve set a new bar for the press corps, calling us losers to our faces,” Daily Mail reporter David Martosko said.
“Not all of you. Just many of you,” Trump interjected.
“Is this what it’s going to be like if we’re covering you?” Martosko asked.
“Yes, it’s going to be like this,” Trump said.
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