Donald Trump has promised that he won’t deny press credential to reports from The Washington Post, BuzzFeed, and other publications — if he becomes the next US President.
At the White House, “it’s a different thing,” Trump told CNN.
“In my case, I’m a person running for office. I rent these large arenas… so I have an option” to deny access to members of the media, Trump said. “When I’m representing the United States, I wouldn’t do that. But I would let people know if somebody’s untruthful.”
While Trump may not block members of the press at the White House, he hasn’t made any guarantees that he would answer their questions. Rather, he says he would only hold them accountable for telling what he considers to lies.
On Monday, Trump’s treatment of the press come under fire against when he banned credential for all Washington Post reporters.
When asked what The Post would have to do to regain press access, Trump said, “All I want is to be treated fairly.”
He added, “By the way, if I have a bad story, that’s okay, if it’s true. If I deserve it. You know, I’ll deserve bad stories on occasion. Hopefully not too often.”
Asked to name a time he has deserved a “bad story,” Trump declined to comment.
Trump’s action against The Post was prompted on Monday morning when a web headline was posted that “Donald Trump suggests President Obama was involved with Orlando shooting.”
“I never said anything like that. I never implied anything like that,” Trump said, adding, “for them to imply it is a disgrace.”
The headline was posted after a comment that Trump made on Fox News: “Look, we’re led by a man that either is not tough, not smart, or he’s got something else in mind… There’s something going on. It’s inconceivable. There’s something going on.”
The Post headline was later changed to “Donald Trump seems to connect President Obama to Orlando shooting.”
In general Donald Trump praised most of the US Media during his interview.
“Just so you understand, I have great respect for professionals in your profession, in your business, in your world,” he said. “I have great respect. There are many I have such great respect for. It’s something really to be admired. But when people write false stories; when they write lies; when they write stories that have no bearing on the truth; when they say things that are so wrong, and they know they’re wrong, and they tell me that they know they’re wrong, but they refuse to change them, then I say, they’re not going to come anymore.”