President Donald Trump has lashed out at the media for focusing on his comments on the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, and called for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.”
Trump, who has called for the media to cover him in a way that he does not like, said Monday that the media has been trying to paint him in the worst possible light for too long and he wants to stop it.
“You’ve been covering me in a big way, and they’re trying to take my word for it,” Trump told reporters at the White House, calling the media “phony” for focusing so much on the president’s statements.
Trump said that he was talking about his views on immigration, which he said he has a hard time understanding and was the cause of his campaign rallies.
He also said he believes the media is “trying to put me out there.”
The president has previously criticized the media’s coverage of his administration.
Trump’s remarks come days after he was asked about the Charlottesville rally during a news conference in the Rose Garden and said the media needs to stop reporting on him.
“I think the press has been fake since day one,” Trump said.
“And the press is trying to put out a negative picture of me.”
Trump also said Monday on NBC News that he’s been a supporter of his family since the 1970s.
“My wife was born in America, my son was born here,” Trump explained.
“I’ve always supported the people of the United Kingdom and I’ve always respected them, and I have great respect for them.
And we’ve been through a lot together.”
Trump’s comments come as he faces a number of investigations over his handling of the Charlottesville incident.
The president has been criticized for not immediately calling out white supremacists and other white nationalists who showed up in Charlottesville.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday she didn’t know if Trump would be going to the White Court to defend himself against the media charges.
“That’s up to the president,” Sanders said.