John Kelly Chastises Media Over ‘Misreported’ Stories: ‘Develop Some Better Sources’
John Kelly gives advice to the press: “Develop some better sources” https://t.co/jOUc2zef5F
— NBC Politics (@NBCPolitics) October 12, 2017
As John Kelly took over the White House’s press briefing today, he tried to offer some constructive criticism to the reporters assembled inside the room.
As the chief of staff took questions from the press pool, he was asked about what were President Trump‘s biggest sources of frustration at the moment. Trump continues to slam the political press on a regular basis, so it shouldn’t surprise anyone that Kelly’s response was “one of his frustrations is you. All of you, not all, but many of you.”
“It’s astounding to me how much is misreported. I will give you the benefit of the doubt that you’re operating off of contacts and leaks, whatever you have, but I offer to you the advice that maybe develop better sources. Some person that works way down in an office… just develop some better sources.”
Kelly also said Trump was frustrated with Congress, though he framed it by saying the president is still not used to working in an environment that moves slower than his business empire.
So there you have it, though it does beg a question. Does “better sources” mean reporters have to do a better job, or find some higher-level administration officials prepared to leak information?
Watch above, via MSNBC.
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