President Donald Trump offered contradictory thoughts on the role of the media in being a government watchdog during remarks on the South Lawn of the White House on Friday.
Trump was asked about the collapsed nomination of Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) to serve as the Director of National Intelligence.
“Congressman Ratcliffe was being treated very unfairly. I was reading the press — and I think I am a student of the press — and I could see the press was treating him, I felt, very unfairly,” Trump argued.
“I could see exactly where the press was going and fake news,” he argued. “But I read things that were just unfair and he’s just too good. He doesn’t deserve it.”
“Nobody understands the press, but I think I understand them as well as anybody, and I didn’t think it was fair,” he said.
He was asked about his vetting process.
“No, you vet for me. I like when you vet,” he said. “I think the White House has a great vetting process — you vet for me.”
“I mean if you take a look at it, the vetting process for the White House is very good. But you’re part of the vetting process, you know. I give out a name to the press and they vet for me. We save a lot of money that way,” Trump said.
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"There was an important development in support for impeachment proceedings in the House of Representatives today," MSNBC anchor Lawrence O'Donnell reported Tuesday. "Important both in who the new support comes from and what that support is based on."
"Congresswoman Lauren Underwood of Illinois is one of the freshmen Democrats who flipped a Republican district last year in winning her election. She brings the total number of House Democrats supporting impeachment now to 126 -- a majority of the Democrats' 235 members of the House," he explained.