Spicer: Media Has Tried to 'Delegitimize' Trump From Day 1 of Administration
Sean Spicer slammed the coverage of President Trump's summit with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, accusing the media of trying to "delegitimize" Trump from the moment he took office.
He said that no matter what successes Trump has -- whether on foreign policy, tax reform, deregulation or any other issue -- it's never good enough and he always faces headwinds from the press.
Spicer noted that on Inauguration Day, January 20, 2017, there was a false report about Trump removing a bust of Martin Luther King Jr. from the Oval Office.
"It started on day one. It was literally the press trying to delegitimize the president, to find a way to go into that Oval Office and say, 'Well, there's something wrong,'" Spicer said.
He said this is part of a larger problem of anti-conservative bias from the mainstream media.
"They come at you with everything that they have, and the more success that you may have, the stronger they're going to come at you," Spicer said. "You've seen that time and time again."
He said the press should be tough on politicians and government officials, but its coverage of the Trump administration has been overwhelmingly and unfairly negative.
Some Democrats and numerous anti-Trump pundits accused the president of treason this week for questioning whether Russia was behind the hacking of the DNC's emails in 2016.
Trump later backtracked, saying he misspoke and that he held Putin responsible for the election meddling.
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Later on the "Ingraham Angle," Howard Kurtz said the media is trying to keep up the furor and hysteria over Trump's meeting with Putin. He said Trump made a "serious mistake" in Helsinki, but the media has since refused to accept his explanation.
"They want to keep the moral condemnation going," he said.
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