WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- While speaking in Central Florida, President Trump suggested that he might set up a media network that would provide a ‘real voice’ and give ‘real news’.
- He also told the residents of the retirement community at The Villages that he is signing an executive order to make Medicare better for everyone.
- The president also repeatedly attacked the media saying “CNN is a terrible thing for the country.”
President Donald Trump said Thursday in a retirement community in Central Florida that he is thinking of launching a pro-state media network.
“CNN is a voice that really seems to be a voice out there, and it’s a terrible thing for our country. We ought to start our own network and put some real news out there,” said Trump, prompting cheers from the crowd.
He continued saying, “They are so bad for our country. I go out there and they say, ‘Boy, the media hates your country,’ and it’s just a shame. We really should do something about it, too. Put some really talented people and get a real voice out there. Not a voice that’s fake.”
Trump’s remarks were rather unclear, like who is ‘we’ who are creating a media network to provide ‘real news’.
Trump spoke about his health care vision and ranted against the Medicare for All proposals supported by some 2020 Democratic contenders, at The Villages.
He said: “In my campaign for president, I made you a sacred pledge that I would strengthen, protect and defend Medicare for all of our senior citizen. Today I’ll sign a very historic executive order that does exactly that — we are making your Medicare even better.”(Trump proposed in his 2020 budget that about $845B will be slashed from Medicare within the next 10 years.)
The president also spoke about the economy, Senator Elizabeth Warren and his hopes that he stays in office for more than two terms. Trump also lambasted the media like he always does. Prior to his attack on CNN, he spent days criticizing Democrats over their ongoing impeachment investigations as well as the media reporting the proceedings.
Trump’s frequent attacks on media have contributed to the U.S. suffering a decline in their global ranking in press freedom for the third consecutive year.
For the first time, the U.S. had been classified as ‘problematic’ in April by Reporters without Borders, citing an “increasingly hostile climate that goes beyond Donald Trump’s comments.”