President Trump on Thursday urged the children of White House staffers and members of the press corps to stay away from drugs and alcohol, before asking the children if their parents report correctly “all the time?”
Speaking on the South Lawn as part of Take Your Kids to Work Day, Trump said, “Never take drugs, don’t drink alcohol, don’t smoke. Enjoy your life,” Trump advised the children.
Trump repeated the advice again to conclude his remarks, encouraging the children that if they “keep learning, you keep trying, and you keep dreaming, one day you might be standing exactly right here where I’m standing.”
“It’s not that easy,” he added with a chuckle.
The president, who has labeled reporters and news outlets as “fake news” and “the enemy of the people,” told the children of reports that their parents “oftentimes…report correctly.”
“They report. They let you know how we’re doing. And oftentimes they report correctly,” Trump said with a laugh. “Actually, most of the time. Your parents all the time.”
“All the time, or most of the time?” Trump asked the kids, according to The Hill.
“All the time,” the children responded.
“Alright, all the time. See, I agree. For purposes of this speech, I agree,” Trump said.
“But they are,” he continued. “And they are protecting all of your families and they’re getting the word out and they want to get the word out fairly and honestly. Your parents are serving our entire nation and I’m sure you will agree with me they’re doing to make a better future for you.”