Trump claims media not reporting terrorist attacks
Speaking at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida on Monday, Trump gave an abbreviated history of terrorist attacks, from 9/11 to the Paris nightclub attacks to the truck massacre in Nice.
The rhetorical onslaught recalled Trump’s rant against the news media at CIA headquarters one day after his inauguration. “I have a running war with the media. They are among the most dishonest human beings on earth,” he said in those remarks. Trump and his top aides have rarely let a day go by without making similar remarks, which are red meat for his political base.
Like his remarks at CIA, Trump’s speech in Florida left open some questions of how the new president will interact with major parts of the government’s national security machine.
Trump has turned to retired generals for key roles in his Cabinet, including Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly. His national security adviser, Mike Flynn, is also a retired general.
But he has also pursued the idea of setting up “safe areas” for Syrian refugees, a step that top military officials have warned could escalate the U.S. military presence in or near the Middle East’s main war zone.