It’s been more than a month since President Donald Trump took office, and now that he’s officially in office, he’s had to face off with the political and social landscape in ways that have been nothing short of historic.
But the one thing he has remained relatively immune to has been his feud with the media.
He has been relatively quiet on social media, but the day after the inauguration, he took to Twitter to post a slew of posts defending his administration and its record.
In a post on Friday, Trump wrote, “We are not the enemy of the American people, we are the enemy, of the media, of all those who are against us and against our country.”
Trump was reacting to the New York Times’ story about his former national security adviser Michael Flynn being forced to resign amid revelations he misled Vice President Mike Pence about his discussions with Russia.
“As a person who has spent over 40 years working in government and law enforcement, and a former member of the FBI, I can tell you that I know what it’s like to work for an agency that is often accused of political bias,” Trump wrote.
And as I said from day one, if I win, it’s going to be because of the people of this country. “
We have the best job in the world.
And as I said from day one, if I win, it’s going to be because of the people of this country.
We’re going to do it the right way.”
The president’s comments, as well as the tweets in response, set the tone for the new administration’s relationship with the press.
During the first three months of the Trump administration, the New Yorker ran two stories about Trump, one about his relationship with his daughter Ivanka, and one about the administration’s attempts to build a wall along the Mexican border.
It also published a profile of former White House adviser Anthony Scaramucci, who is accused of having sexual harassment and bullying in the past.
But despite all of the negative coverage of Trump, he was able to remain relatively uninvolved with the news.
He took a few shots at the press, tweeting a few times about the “fake news media” and saying, “I don’t know about you, but I’d rather have my White House press secretary make a mistake than a fake news media.”
Trump’s tweets are one reason he remains in a near-perfect relationship with news outlets.
According to the Pew Research Center, only 17% of Americans trust the media more than they do Trump.
The other 75% say they trust the press less.
When Trump has had a bad week, he has often turned to his social media accounts to give his followers a heads up.
Trump frequently retweeted tweets from journalists, including CNN and ABC News, but he rarely posted them directly to his account.
“He’s been very careful to use Twitter to share information and news that is in the public interest,” said Rachel Hoff, a professor at George Mason University and author of the book Trump: The Art of the Deal.
“So he has a lot of control over what his followers are seeing and hearing and reading, and he can really influence the news in a very direct way.”
As a result, Trump is able to keep his Twitter followers on his side.
While Trump is the president of the United States, he is not necessarily the commander-in-chief, and his tweets and his Twitter feed are almost exclusively a reflection of his feelings and opinions, said Hoff.
“You have a president who is a dictator, who does not really know the way of the world, who has been unable to do his job, who’s not really able to negotiate, who doesn’t have much of a public agenda,” Hoff said.
“It’s not just the tweets, it is the way that he reacts to news, and how he reacts.”
When Trump was asked about the coverage of his administration during an interview with ABC News on Friday morning, he answered honestly.
“I’ve been hearing from the press,” he said.
He went on to say, “They’ve been reporting everything they can on me, but that’s not the way I see it.”
It’s not that he doesn’t understand the way the media works, but it’s just that it’s a very different business than he is used to, Hoff said, referring to the role the press plays in the United State.
“That is something that Trump has been really, really good at.
He’s not a political person.
He is a businessman, and business is very much his life,” Hoff told HuffPost.
Trump’s social media presence and tweets have helped the president maintain his base of support.
“If you look at the tweets that he has been tweeting, he knows that he is doing well,” Hoff explained.
“The tweets are coming from his base, and that’s how he keeps himself on message.
He keeps his base engaged and engaged, and they love that.
That’s the reason he’s so successful.”