Joe Biden finally held his first press conference on Thursday, and hours later, former President Donald Trump spoke out to rip into him for it, saying that the media gave him “softball” questions.
“They were strange questions and they were asked in a very interesting way. It was like softballs, like you’re throwing softballs up. And it’s just a different world, nobody’s seen anything like it,” Trump told Fox News host Laura Ingraham. “It’s very sad to watch, actually. They’re feeding him questions, they’re easy questions.”
Not stopping there, Trump went on to say that Fox News White House reporter Peter Doocy was not called on to ask a question during the presser, noting, “I noticed Peter Doocy didn’t get to ask a question today.”
“And there could be no difficult questions, and they’re ready to rip the microphone away if somebody did get a little bit testy,” Trump continued. “Look, the whole thing is ridiculous. You know it and so do I.”
Trump tells Fox’s @IngrahamAngle that Biden's “softball” news conference was “very sad to watch.. they feed him questions, easy questions. I notice Peter Doocy didn’t get a chance to ask a question, and there could no difficult questions.. they don’t have a Jim Acosta.” pic.twitter.com/I06S2e4DWb
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This came days after Trump predicted that the media, which he called “fake news,” would take it easy on Biden in his press conference.
“I guess you’re supposed to have a press conference on Thursday … It’s ridiculous the questions that are asked,” Trump said while appearing on “The Faulkner Focus” on Monday. “What did you have for dinner? What kind of ice cream do you have, as he walks out? They never talked to me that way. That’s OK.
“It’s the only way to get an honest word out because the press is really not a free press,” Trump added. “The way you get the press out is with press conferences. He doesn’t need them because the press protects him totally. If that were me that hasn’t had a press conference for as long, with all the things going on, especially at the border, but really you have things as big as the border, we’re not going to be energy independent within three months.”
While appearing on “The Truth with Lisa Boothe” podcast this week, Trump went so far as to say that “this is not a free press.”
“This is a press that we have to be very, very smart to get around, but they don’t cover bad things if it happens to be bad for Democrats,” Trump said. “It’s pretty amazing. You take a look at some of the coverage and some of the travesty that’s taking place at the border, and the coverage is not commensurate.”
“If you look at NBC, ABC, CBS, and of course, CNN and MSNBC, and see — if you look at some of those networks — it’s just not covered. It’s covered so little,” he added of the way the media is covering the border crisis. “It’s amazing. And it’s a massive story because it’s going to destroy — it’s going to destroy our country.”