President Donald Trump took to Twitter Wednesday and criticized the media's coverage of his recent historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, calling “Fake News” the “country's biggest enemy.”
“So funny to watch the Fake News, especially NBC and CNN. They are fighting hard to downplay the deal with North Korea,” the president tweeted, adding that before he was elected the press “would have 'begged' for this deal.”
So funny to watch the Fake News, especially NBC and CNN. They are fighting hard to downplay the deal with North Korea. 500 days ago they would have “begged” for this deal-looked like war would break out. Our Country’s biggest enemy is the Fake News so easily promulgated by fools!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 13, 2018
Members of the press quickly called out the president for attacking the media after praising the leader North Korea in the aftermath of their meeting.
Let’s see if I have this straight: North Korea is no longer a nuclear threat, the president says, Kim Jong-Un is trustworthy, & “our country’s biggest enemy” is journalists. https://t.co/xXgC8bpYRN
— Julie Davis (@juliehdavis) June 13, 2018
Just the President of the United States calling the free press “our country's biggest enemy” two days after meeting with a brutal dictator.https://t.co/G170al7WZF
— andrew kaczynski🤔 (@KFILE) June 13, 2018
Trump “trusts” North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, says he is “very impressive”
Trump says members of the free press “Our Country's biggest enemy” https://t.co/d2qBJGCYhy
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) June 13, 2018
Is there not one Republican in the House or the Senate who has the balls and the decency to stand up to this President and tell him that he's wrong, dead wrong, when he says @NBCNews & @CNN are “our country's biggest enemy?”
Not one? NOT ONE????
Smh. Just shameful. https://t.co/WsnDVavvcD
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) June 13, 2018
“Our Country's biggest enemy”....Not Iran. Not al-Qaeda. Not ISIS. Not North Korea. Not even Canada! https://t.co/cvF8v4l03L
— Glenn Kessler (@GlennKesslerWP) June 13, 2018
Following Tuesday's meeting with Kim in Singapore, the president also faced criticism from both media personalities and members of Congress for giving up too much during the first round of negotiations.
“They made no concessions, we made an enormous concession — so much for the art of the deal,” Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) told IJR on Tuesday.
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) also criticized the president for putting the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the Korean Peninsula on the table.
“I don’t think canceling a war game is going to matter over the arc of time,” Graham said in an interview on Tuesday. ”The one thing that I would violently disagree with is removing our troops.”
“That would destabilize Asia, that's what China wants. That doesn't make the world more peaceful — it makes it more dangerous,” Graham added.
Trump also tweeted on Wednesday that thanks to Tuesday's summit, North Korea is now “no longer a nuclear threat.”
“There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea. Meeting with Kim Jong Un was an interesting and very positive experience. North Korea has great potential for the future!” the president wrote.