Washington, April 29: on the 100th day after assuming the office of the President of the United States of America, Donald Trump on Saturday termed the mainstream media ‘fake’ and said that it has failed to acknowledge the achievement made by Trump administration including the signing of 28 legislative signing and making borders safer. Trump added that his administration has brought a profound change to Washington. In a radio message, he said his only allegiance is to those governed people.
It was a preview of a day on which Trump was travelling to Pennsylvania to emphasise such priorities as American manufacturing, better trade deals for the US and his underdog victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton in November. He also was promoting a still-to-be-defined tax cut plan and the nation’s strong economy, on which many of his political fortunes rest.
Mainstream (FAKE) media refuses to state our long list of achievements, including 28 legislative signings, strong borders & great optimism!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 29, 2017
Meanwhile, North Korea’s missile launch today signalled its continued defiance against the US, China and other nations, on which Trump tweeted: “Bad!”
Trump’s 100th day events are set in politically important Pennsylvania, which he won with 48 per cent. It was the first time the state had voted for a Republican presidential candidate since George HW Bush in 1988.
Trump planned to sign an executive order directing the Commerce Department and the US trade representative to conduct a study of US trade agreements. The goal is to determine whether America is being treated fairly by its trading partners and the 164-nation World Trade Organisation.
Trump was scheduled to visit the AMES Companies in Pennsylvania’s Cumberland County, which has manufactured shovels since 1774. He was then to hold a campaign-style rally in Harrisburg, the state capital. Democrats are planning their own rally nearby.
Trump’s 100-day rally was a bit of counter-programming from the former reality television star. Back in Washington, media organisations and a few stars were gathering today for the annual White House Correspondents Association Dinner.
Trump, who has derided journalists as “dishonest” and even enemies of the American people, is the first president since 1981 to stay away from the event. That year, Ronald Reagan was recovering from an assassination attempt.
At the 100-day mark, Trump chose instead to spend the evening with people who helped elect him and, polls show, remain largely in his corner. Though the White House created a website touting its accomplishments of the first hundred days, Trump has tried to downplay the importance of the marker, perhaps out of recognition that many of his campaign promises have gone unfulfilled.
(With inputs from PTI)