President Trump gave the commencement speech today at the Coast Guard Academy. He was also given a ceremonial saber.
As he sat down though, DHS Chief John Kelly whispered something to him that was caught on a hot mic. He said, “Use that on the press, sir.”
Trump laughed and said, “Yea, that’s right.”
— CNN (@CNN) May 17, 2017
CNN, for one, was not happy about the lighthearted joke. They wrote:
Memo to all politicians: You should assume:
a) everything you say in public is being taped
b) everything you say in private is being taped (See: Trump, Donald) and c) the microphones are always on. Always. (See: Biden, Joe.) (See: Obama, Barack) (See: Bush, George W.)
In short: Never say anything publicly that you don’t want the public — all of them — to hear.
The Washington Post was especially incensed:
Trump has long had a contentious relationship with the press, and once referred to the media as the “enemy of the American people.”
That acrimony was further heightened this week after twin bombshell stories from The Washington Post and the New York Times sent his administration into turmoil. Mentioned in the Times’s story on Tuesday was Trump’s suggestion to former FBI director James B. Comey that journalists who published classified information should be imprisoned.
Such comments “cross a dangerous line,” Bruce Brown, the executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, said in a statement. “But no president gets to jail journalists. Reporters are protected by judges and juries, by a congress that relies on them to stay informed, and by a Justice Department that for decades has honored the role of a free press by spurning prosecutions of journalists for publishing leaks of classified information.”
And of course the snowball effect continues with uptight left-wingers who can’t take a joke:
@CNN Hey that's not funny!
— Tammie Fields (@tammiefields) May 17, 2017
— Rena Sofer (@RenaSofer) May 17, 2017
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