Report: Trump Complains Negative Press Means He Can’t ‘Enjoy’ White House

AP

President Donald Trump thinks that unfavorable media coverage of his first weekend in office has not allowed him to “enjoy” the White House, according to a Tuesday report by the Associated Press.

Trump believed that the media would cover him more favorably after he was inaugurated, according to an Associated Press report citing two anonymous sources close to the President, but instead believes it has worsened.

The President said that the negative press has not allowed him to “enjoy” the White House on his first weekend in office, according to an anonymous source who spoke with him also cited in the report.

Trump’s administration faced a rocky weekend of media coverage on its first weekend in the White House.

Thousands of marchers attended protests on Saturday along the National Mall in Washington, D.C., as well as in hundreds of other cities across the United States and around the world, many carrying anti-Trump signs. And an official estimate from D.C. Metro authority showed that the transit system had its second-busiest day ever on the day of the Women’s March on Washington, far surpassing its ridership on the day of Trump’s inauguration.

Following reports of low attendance at his swearing-in ceremony on Friday, Trump pushed White House press secretary Sean Spicer to issue a fiery public response, according to a Washington Post report published Sunday citing interviews with Trump’s advisors and confidants as well as a number of senior White House officials.

In his Saturday remarks railing against the media, Spicer included a number of incorrect figures which were quickly highlighted as baseless. Trump, however, thought that Spicer’s statement was not forceful enough, according to the Washington Post’s report.

Spicer continued to condemn the media’s treatment of Donald Trump in his first daily briefing with reporters from the White House on Monday, saying that it is “demoralizing” for the President to see unfavorable coverage.

“There is this constant theme to undercut the enormous support that he has,” Spicer said. “I think it’s unbelievably frustrating when you’re continually told it’s not big enough, it’s not good enough, you can’t win.”

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