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Trump: I’m ‘Looking Into’ Creating Government-Run News Outlet ‘To Put Some Real News Out There’

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Trump: I’m ‘Looking Into’ Creating Government-Run News Outlet ‘To Put Some Real News Out There’





During an hour-long speech at a sprawling Florida retirement home on Thursday, President Trump railed against CNN and told his supporters that he was “looking into” launching a government-run news outlet to put out “real news.”

“You know what is bad for our country? When CNN – so often I go to a foreign country, I go to a country, I meet leaders and he said uh, ‘Why do they hate your country so much?’ I said, ‘Who?’ ” Trump told the crowd.

“You know, CNN outside of the United States is much more important than it is in the United States and a lot of what you see here is broadcast throughout the world and we used to have RadioFree Europe and Voice of America and we did that to build up our country,” he continued. “Uh, and that’s not working out too well.”



“But CNN is a voice that really seems to be the voice out there and it’s a terrible thing for our country and we outta start our own network and put some real news out there because they are so bad, they are so bad for our country,” Trump said to cheers and applause from the audience.

“They are so bad for our country I go out there and they say, ‘Boy, the media hates your country.’ And it’s just a shame, it’s just a shame. And we really are, we are looking at that, we should do something about it too,” he added.

“Put some really talented people and get a real voice out there not a voice that’s fake,” he said.




Steve Herman, the White House Bureau Chief for Voice of America, responded to Trump’s comments on Twitter shortly after his speech ended.

“Despite his remark, @POTUS should be well aware @VOANews is still around as he has given the US-government operated broadcaster two on-camera interviews and regularly answers questions from me and @pwidakuswara (he responded to her query this morning about the Taliban),” Herman wrote.




Herman also tweeted a statement he attributed to Voice of America Director Amanda Bennett.

“VOA has always been — and still is – – proud of its mission to provide objective, credible news and information to countries around the world that have no other access to it and to tell America’s story overseas,” Bennett said in the statement.





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