In Reversal, Trump Lauds Media For Diverting Resources, Taking Risks to Attend His Photo Op in Texas

Trump: rare thanks

In a man-bites-dog announcement, President Donald Trump heaped praise on news outlets for sending camera crews and reporters to cover his photo op in Corpus Christi even as devastating floods in Houston continued to tax their resources.

“Here’s one for the fake news media,” said Trump in his first remarks since he returned to Washington. “They’re still terrible people, dishonest and disgusting. But I appreciate the effort they made to record my photo op in Texas. I waved the Texas flag and they got that. That was good. Strong ratings. Super ratings. The best, actually. I heard that.”

Trump said he was told by aides that many news organizations, including NBC and ABC, were stretched thin, since they had camera crews on the ground in Houston and other parts of the Gulf Coast. But they managed to have crews available when Trump and the First Lady landed to show their support for federal officials and others who were coordinating disaster response efforts.

Ratings boost

“I have to hand them the olive branch on this one,” he said. “Here. Take it, because you’re probably not going to get another one from me for a while. Although, I’d give you another one if you stop the fake news on Russia. It’s always Russia with you guys. But you got the story this time, with me and Melania there. The FLOTUS hat was my idea, by the way. Melania didn’t want to wear it. She’s going to kill me for saying that.”

Trump said he was worried he wouldn’t draw much news media since the storm was ravaging Houston and his Secret Service detail and emergency responders didn’t want him there, leaving him with little option but to go to Corpus Christi. “Which no one really cares about,” he said. But the relatively packed media gallery when he landed put his concerns to rest. “I thought we’d get good ratings when I saw how many of the media were there,” he said. “And we did. I think we hit a really high number. Maybe the most ever for the time slot. I know Fox did well. They told me. They said the numbers were through the roof.”

The honeymoon between the president and the media didn’t last long, though. Later in the day Trump attacked the New York Times and other news outlets for downplaying his announcement on tax reform in Missouri. “They said I had no plan, no details,” he said. “It would have been nice to report that I have details coming very soon. We’re working on them now. They could have said that. I’m not surprised they didn’t.”

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