When he launched a new war on the media, President Donald Trump tweeted, “I’m Not a Whiner.”
But on Monday, Trump told a gathering of the American Enterprise Institute, “You can never be afraid of the press.”
He added, “No, I’m not a Whinny.”
In his speech, Trump referenced the phrase “I am the news,” and said, “My opponents in the press are not the news, they are the opposition.
They are the enemy.
They know who they are, they know what they are doing.
And if you try to fight them, they will always be there, because they are just so dishonest.
So, I am the News.”
Trump’s comments drew laughter and applause from the crowd, but many viewers, including many who have already watched the speech on television, were confused about what he meant.
While Trump has been critical of the media throughout his presidency, he has never used the phrase.
In a speech in May, he said, I think we’ve seen a few times the press is biased against him.
But I’ve never said it.
And I’m sure you know I’ve said that to the press a couple of times.
“I don’t believe the media has ever been fair to me,” Trump said in May.
He also said he believes the press has “the same agenda” as the Democratic Party.
He has said the media often misrepresents him, but that he has the “best job in the world” in terms of his job as president.
But the media is a diverse group, and some of the criticisms of Trump are consistent with their criticism of many other politicians.
A 2015 New York Times article titled “The press is not my enemy,” described Trump’s use of the phrase as “a reference to the adversarial relationship between the press and the president.”
But it also cited a 2009 New York magazine article titled, “A Bunch of Media Naysayers,” that said, Trump “has repeatedly been accused of being an enemy of the news.”
But in his speech on Monday he repeated the phrase, and referred to the “opposition” in the same way.
In the article, he described the media as “the enemy” because “they don’t like to talk to me, they don’t talk to anybody, they say what they want to say.”
But he said “the opposition” is “not the press,” because “it is the opposition who are the enemies.”
Trump has also frequently attacked news organizations for reporting on his private business dealings, including when he took over as president and reported the sale of his company to the family of a Mexican drug lord.
In an interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson in May 2017, Trump said that the media should be “shut up” about his dealings with Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman because he “is a bad guy.”
Trump also criticized CNN for reporting that he had paid $150 million for the rights to a television show about his drug trafficking.
He said in a Fox News interview that the network is “a bad person.”
He also accused The New York Post of using “a lot of dishonest, bad reporting” about him to make its own political point, saying, “They should be shut up.
The media has been so dishonest.”
CNN, however, has not been shy about its reporting about Trump, including a 2015 article by the newspaper that said he “earned” $1.3 billion in the first three months of his presidency and that he was the “highest-paid president in American history.”
And in an interview on Fox News Sunday in June, Trump called the network “a failing pile of garbage.”
“We have the biggest, baddest newspaper in the United States,” he said.
“You think that’s not a bad thing?”
He also told the network that CNN has “done a horrible job,” but that “the media, as a group, they’ve done a very good job.”
In the same interview, Trump suggested that Fox News is biased because of the network’s coverage of him.
“We don’t have any problem with the media.
The fact is, the media doesn’t like me.
They hate me,” he told Fox.
“They are trying to destroy me.
And we have a lot of people that have done a terrible job.
They have covered it very well.
They just haven’t done the right job.”
The American Enterprise institute, which hosts the annual conference of the conservative American Conservative Union, is a conservative think tank that advocates free market economic policies.
The institute has been criticized for its anti-union policies.
But in a 2016 report, the group said its members “tend to have strong opinions about the media” but said it had “always had a positive view of the First Amendment.”