It's interesting that Trump held such a long press conference given his frequent cries of "fake news" about stories published by reputable media outlets. "It's the exact opposite".
The speech, which was sure to mention that he had inherited a "mess" on four separate occasions, robustly defended the chaotic first month of his presidency and even described his administration as a "fine-tuned machine".
Trump went on to say the press is "out of control" after reported leaks this week forced national security adviser Michael Flynn to resign.
The US president appeared in a almost hour-long news conference this morning (NZ time), in which he told reporters their level of dishonesty was out of control.
"I'm making this presentation directly to the American people with the media present - which is an honor to have you this morning - because many of our nation's reporters and folks will not tell you the truth", Trump said. "The press, honestly, is out of control".
He called out CNN for its "very fake news" but did allow reporter Jim Acosta several questions.
"Part of what happens when the politicians try to delegitimize the news media for doing their job, we're talking professional and ethical journalists, is they end up putting democracy at risk", says Massey. Last July, he told a news conference in Florida: "Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing". "But the hatred and venom coming from his mouth", Trump said. I would have directed him to do it if I thought he wasn't doing it.
President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the East Room at the White House on February 16, 2017 in Washington, DC.
"The media is trying to attack our administration because they know we are following through on pledges that we made, and they're not happy about it, for whatever reason", he added. "The American people are gonna eat this up when they see it".
Mr. Todd has failed to realize the press has delegitimized itself with more than eight years fawning over President Barack Obama, and then failing to capture the real story on the 2016 campaign trail - the forgotten man who Mr. Trump resonated with.