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Donald Trump on Tuesday attacked the media over its coverage of
his trade policies during a speech to a veterans group in Kansas
City.

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Barria/Reuters


  • President Donald Trump delivered a speech to Veterans
    of Foreign Wars in Kansas City, Missouri on Tuesday and
    struggled to stay on topic, using the event as an opportunity
    to attack the media and defend his controversial actions that
    have sparked a global trade war.
  • “Don’t believe the crap you see from these people, the
    fake news,” Trump said to the veterans group.
  • These comments come as Trump faces backlash over his
    trade policies, including from Republican
    lawmakers. 

President Donald Trump delivered a speech to Veterans of Foreign
Wars in Kansas City, Missouri on Tuesday and struggled to stay on
topic, using the event as an opportunity to attack the media and
defend his controversial actions that have sparked a global trade
war.

Trump did address some issues pertaining to the military and
veterans, including his efforts to increase the Pentagon’s budget
and recent developments regarding the Department of Veterans
Affairs.

But it wasn’t long before the event began to resemble one of his
campaign rallies. 

Trump railed against the media, one of his favorite targets, and
told the audience not to believe the coverage of his
administration.

“Just remember, what you are seeing and what you are reading is
not what’s happening,” he said.

Defending his trade policies, Trump said, “Stick with
us.
Don’t believe the crap you see from these people, the
fake news.” The crowd roared in approval as Trump said this while
pointing at members of the press covering the event. 

Trump has imposed tariffs on steel, aluminum, and billions of
dollars of Chinese products, citing unfair trade practices
against the US. Consequently, US agricultural products have been
targeted by China and other countries in retaliation, which is
reportedly prompting the Trump administration to approve
$12 billion
in emergency aid to farmers. Republican lawmakers
and business groups have been critical of Trump for his approach
to trade, with House Speaker Paul Ryan saying he did not believe
tariffs are the “right answer” to unfair trade practices from
other countries.

Trump also attacked Democrats over their positions on immigration
during Tuesday’s speech, claiming they want to abolish
Immigrations and Custom Enforcement (ICE) and open up America’s
borders. 

“[Democrats] want open borders and crime is okay,” Trump
said. “ICE is tough and smart … they’re not being treated
properly.”

This comes as the Trump administration continues to face
criticism over its “zero tolerance” policy that’s seen thousands
of migrant families separated at the US-Mexico border. Amid the
backlash, ICE has been accused of widespread abuse,
including sexual assault

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