Trump To Meet With ‘Fake News’ Anchors
BREAKING: President Trump doesn’t much like the press.
“Look at the way I’ve been treated lately, especially by the media,” Trump said during a commencement address at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., on Wednesday. “No politician in history — and I say this with great surety — has been treated worse or more unfairly.”
Well, probably not. The press has treated a lot of presidents pretty shabbily.
Still, Trump has gone after the media like no other president before him. He skipped debates on networks he found unsympathetic to his cause, berated the press often on the campaign trail, and has coined a new term for CNN: “Really fake news.”
So it may come as a surprise that the president will sit down for an off-the-record lunch with network anchors on Thursday, according to Politico.
The lunch is expected to cover Trump’s upcoming foreign trip. But with bombshell reports about the Trump White House dropping nearly every day this week, the lunch is sure to cover more ground.
The get-together is expected to be much smaller than past lunches with the media. Ahead of his address to the joint session of Congress in February, Trump met with some two dozen anchors from cable, broadcast, Hispanic and other networks.
At least one anchor, Scott Pelley, is moving the CBS evening news show from New York to Washington on Wednesday and Thursday partly as a result of the lunch.
TrumpTrainNews reports that MSNBC’s Morning Joe — hosted by Joe Scarborough and Mika Brerzisnki — “will also broadcast from Washington, DC as they announced on set today. These two anchors have a long history with Trump and were initially very complimentary of his bid for the White House.”
While the names of other anchors who will attend have not yet emerged, the lunch is sure to provide fodder for weeks, coming in the heels of the firing of FBI Director James Comey, news that Trump may have divulged classified information to the Russians during a White House meeting, and the appointment of a speical prosecutor to overse a probe into Russian “collusion.”