TRUMP SAYS REPORTERS LIMIT HIS EFFECTIVENESS
Trump's chief practical complaint – that the smooth running of his administrative gears has gone unnoticed – took the form of a lament that his chief of staff has been forced to focus on crisis communications instead of issues management.
'I love to negotiate things. I do it really well. ... But I want to just tell you: The false reporting by the media – by you people, the false, horrible, fake reporting – makes it harder to make a deal with Russia,' he said.
'The press honestly is out of control,' he exclaimed at one point. 'The level of dishonesty is out of control.'
Talk of Flynn's Russia ties, he said, 'was all a fake-news fabricated deal to try and make up for the loss of the Democrats, and the press plays right into it.'
'Tomorrow they will say, "Donald Trump rants and raves at the press." I'm not ranting and raving. I'm just telling you you're dishonest people.'
'Some of the media is fantastic, I have to say. They are honest and fantastic. Much of it is not.'
'The distortion ... we are not going to let it happen because I am here, again, to take my message straight to the people,' he said. 'I want to see an honest press,' he said later. 'The public doesn't believe you people anymore. Now maybe I had something to do with that? I don't know.'