WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Friday threatened to cancel “wacky” press briefings that often take place at his White House, saying he would “send people” to the Oval Office if the briefings didn’t change.
Trump said that he was taking a personal “principle” to ensure the press briefings are fair and accurate.
“I don’t think it’s fair.
I don’t believe it’s accurate,” Trump told reporters in the Roosevelt Room.
“But I don.
And I don’s not going to let it go on like this.
I’m going to send people out to get the facts, and we’re going to get them right.”
He added, “I’m a lawyer.
I want the facts to be right.”
Trump, in his first public comments since his inauguration, said he was looking into whether to cancel the briefings, which are usually held on a Friday or Saturday afternoon.
“They’re a tremendous privilege,” he said.
“And I have a great respect for the press.
They’re a great service to the country.”
Trump has faced criticism for using a Twitter account to spread his controversial views about the media, and he also took issue with the “fake news” media.
“The Fake News Media are the enemy of the American People,” Trump tweeted Friday morning.
“No more Fake News!
They will never take down our President or our Country.
The Fake News is the enemy!”
He said that “the Fake News” and “the Democrat Media” were “going to have to go, but we’re not going anywhere.”
In his remarks, Trump also reiterated his claim that “our” campaign has received “millions” of illegal votes.
He said he has been working on “a lot of stuff” in recent days and that he would make the announcements “very soon.”
Trump also promised to continue to address gun violence, and said he wants to be able to answer questions from the media.
Trump told a news conference earlier this month that “I am the most open person that you’ve ever seen in your life.”
Trump said the press briefing sessions “have been absolutely a disaster.”
“I have a lot of work to do, but I think we have a good chance of doing something good,” Trump said.
On Wednesday, Trump said on Twitter that the “very dishonest media” is “going after” him because of the protests in Washington, D.C., over the death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man who died while being detained by police.
“It’s time for a change,” Trump wrote.
“We must change the way we do business.
I am a lawyer by trade, not a politician.”
Trump is the latest in a string of White House officials to speak out against the media over the past month, including White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
The president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., also spoke out against media coverage on Thursday.
“Our job is to get to the truth and make sure that it’s factual, fair and balanced,” Trump Jr. said.