Donald Trump’s attacks on the media only help his campaign
When Donald Trump says he’s holding a press conference every journalist covering his presidency clamours to get in.
They are never predictable, never dull and never short on controversy but spaces are always limited.
Yesterday, after three hours’ sleep, we woke up to the news that there was another afoot. Within minutes, most of Washington was trying to get access.
That often involves standing in line for an hour and jostling for a position. There are protocols to follow and the White House press pool who cover the president’s every move are first in line.
We weren’t far behind though — standing outside the White House alongside journalists from Afghanistan, South Korea and across Europe.
People were sharing stories of their sleepless nights with jocular jibes and speculating about Mr Trump preparing to take a victory lap.
Inside the East Room, there was the normal rush to find a seat. Then, after a lengthy delay, a hushed silence. The slick, often flawlessly fluent reporters from the US networks, talked up till the wire, craftily finishing their sentences just in time for the president’s arrival.
Trump claims midterms victory in explosive address
The US president was keen to boast of Republican gains in the Senate during a volatile news conference at the White House
Everything about the mechanics of TV news here is anchored around a precise choreography of coverage.
Mr Trump opened his remarks, heralding the Republicans’ success. He sounded some notes of compromise too, with conciliatory tones and extending a bipartisan olive branch.
He spoke of his desire to work with the Democrats and even endorsed Nancy Pelosi to reclaim her title as Speaker of the House.
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