While reading from his prepared remarks at the FBI’s National Academy graduation ceremony on Friday, President Trump went off-script and declared that “about 30 percent” of journalists are “fine people.”
“As I look out on the audience today I see many young, bright faces,” Trump said. “To them and to many other young Americans watching at home, of which there are many — you see the fake news back there,” he added, pointing to the row of news cameras and journalists assembled in the audience.
His remakrs drew laughs and some applause from the crowd, prompting Trump to repeat his “fake news” mantra to even more laughter.
“No, actually, some of them are fine people,” he added. “About, let’s see who’s back there? Yeah, about 30 percent.”
Trump estimates that "about 30 percent" of journalists are "fine people" pic.twitter.com/xOdOww46dD
— IJR (@TheIJR) December 15, 2017