President Trump took to the warpath on Twitter late Wednesday, scalping the media for its mendacity and ripping network anchors who attended an off-the-record luncheon — and then "quickly leaked the contents of the meeting."
Before delivering his first Oval Office address to the nation on Tuesday, Trump followed White House tradition and invited "journalists" from the networks, along with several others, to the White House. In the off-the-record meeting, Trump discussed what he would say in his address, giving background that could be used after he had spoken.
But within hours of the luncheon, The New York Times reported that Trump said he didn’t want to give the televised speech or travel to the U.S.-Mexico border on Thursday, saying aides had pressed him to do so. “It’s not going to change a damn thing, but I’m still doing it,” the Times reported him as saying.
"Gave an OFF THE RECORD luncheon, somewhat of a White House tradition or custom, to network anchors yesterday - and they quickly leaked the contents of the meeting. Who would believe how bad it has gotten with the mainstream media, which has gone totally bonkers!" Trump wrote on Twitter late Wednesday.
Trump also said the mainstream media is more dishonest than ever.
"The Mainstream Media has NEVER been more dishonest than it is now. NBC and MSNBC are going Crazy. They report stories, purposely, the exact opposite of the facts. They are truly the Opposition Party working with the Dems. May even be worse than Fake News CNN, if that is possible!" he wrote.
And on Thursday morning, as he prepared to depart for the Rio Grande in Texas, Trump said the MSM is falsely portraying Republicans in Congress as divided.
"There is GREAT unity with the Republicans in the House and Senate, despite the Fake News Media working in overdrive to make the story look otherwise. The Opposition Party & the Dems know we must have Strong Border Security, but don’t want to give 'Trump' another one of many wins!" he wrote.
Meanwhile, CNN's Jim Acosta got back to the business of proving everything Trump says about the MSM is true. In an appearance with CNN's Chris Cuomo, Acosta said Trump's address "probably should have come with a Surgeon General's warning because it was hazardous to the truth." Cuomo smiled and laughed at the "journalist's" cleverness.
Acosta also posted this on Twitter after Trump's address:
"In his Oval Office address... Trump is painting undocumented immigrants as criminals. This has not changed since he launched his run for the White House," Acosta wrote.
The CNN reporter got ripped on Twitter.