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Hyperbole from the White House on James Comey's "atrocities"

16 Mai 2017

In the wide-ranging interview airing in full Saturday night on Fox News, the President also discussed his dissatisfaction with the media and suggested a second time that he might cancel the daily White House briefings in favor of biweekly press conferences.

During an interview with Fox News' Jeanine Pirro on Friday, Trump complained about the news media: "They get free ratings because of me, and yet they don't treat us well", said Trump.

Trump didn't help tamp down speculation that Spicer could be sent packing when he refused to say that he would be staying in the job. "I was thinking about it then".

Usually, the people who are not in the White House are given the latitude to express themselves in whatever way they choose. They didn't like him. "And then all of a sudden, they come out with these glowing reports".

"You don't mean that", Pirro responded. He's a nice man ... "We just don't have them".

Now before you break the glass and pull the lever on your Censorship/1st Amendment in Danger alarm, consider some of the realities.

"No, we'd do it in a different way", Trump replied.

Of course the most obvious answer to how we'd all survive without the daily briefing is the increased use of the social media tools that give elected leaders an unprecedented ability to speak directly to the public.

Now that Trump is president, there is no possible responsible way for serious journalists to behave as if Trump is their partner. "I think let them just do it - they've been doing it for a very long time".

"I remember when Clinton wrote in his book about the wonderful deal they made with North Korea", he said, referring to former President Bill Clinton's 2004 biography, "My Life". "And I think it's unfair", the president added.

Trump: Yeah, well, he's been there from the beginning. "We have nothing to do with Russian Federation and everything else". Aides are making calls to prospective candidates who may be interested in joining the communications team if there is a major shakeup of roles.

Almost four months into his tenure, Trump's White House is suffering from a credibility crisis that has only grown worse in light of the bungled Comey firing. "It didn't change the election". In a January 2016 interview with Newsweek, Trump said "He would tell me, 'Don't ever drink".

Hyperbole from the White House on James Comey's