It is not everywhere that President Trump can take a swipe at the ‘fake’ news media and escape. In far away Davos, he attracted some hissing and booing from the audience.
During a question-and-answer session with the forum’s founder after his main speech to the group, Trump said it wasn’t until he became a politician that he realized “how nasty, how mean, how vicious and how fake the press can be.”
The comment prompted some scorn from the room.
He had been asked by founder Klaus Schwab about how his past experiences had prepared him for the Oval Office. Trump noted that a businessman had never been elected president.
He said he was often “treated well” by the news media when he was a New York developer but that treatment changed when he entered politics.
Earlier Friday, Trump branded as “fake news” a story by The New York Times that he had tried to fire special counselor Robert Mueller in June.
“Fake news, folks. Fake news. Typical New York Times fake stories,” he said as was he walking a groups of reporters.
Trump also made the case for his “America First” policy before an elite gathering of political and business leaders Friday, saying “America is open for business.”
In a closing speech at the World Economic Forum in this Alpine resort, Trump stressed that his administration aims to make the United States more competitive for business. He also vowed that the U.S. is committed to free and open trade, but on terms it considers fair and reciprocal.
“The world is witnessing the resurgence of a strong and prosperous America,” he said. “There has never been a better time to hire, to build, to invest and to grow in the United States. America is open for business and we are competitive once again.”
Trump told the Davos audience that “when the United States grows, so does the world.”
“American prosperity has created countless jobs around the globe and the drive for excellence, creativity and innovation in the United States has led to important discoveries that help people everywhere live more prosperous and healthier lives,” he added.