Trump threatens to take away 'credentials' from news outlets

10 May, 2018, 06:44 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • President Trump

On Twitter Wednesday morning, President Trump queried if he should "take away credentials" from the media in light of what he called "Fake News" and negative coverage of his administration.

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

Trump appears to be referring to a survey taken by the conservative polling group the Media Research Center of broadcast coverage of the president between January 1 and April 30.

The White House Correspondents' Association [VIDEO] (WHCA), which is made up of members of the media with press credentials for the White House press room, quickly responded to the president's threat, calling it "unconscionable". "[Dems already floated this in the senate pre-Trump.] The mop up on this issue is going to be excruciating..." he tweeted.

Reporters require credentials to access the White House grounds and cover the president's official and re-election campaign events.


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.

According to Trump, anything positive that is said about him is real, but everything negative is fake. He has generally viewed most news coverage as unfair and talked about taking retaliatory measures against journalists.

At a brief press availability on Wednesday as he held a cabinet meeting, Trump was asked by a pool reporter if he would ban the press from the White House.

In a tweet directed at Trump, he wrote: " 'Take away credentials?' These authoritarian impulses of yours are anti-American".

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