Wednesday 18 October 2017

Donald Trump accuses 'dishonest media' of fake news at campaign rally

President Donald Trump waits to speak at his rally in Melbourne, Florida (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
President Donald Trump waits to speak at his rally in Melbourne, Florida (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
US President Donald Trump greets people after he arrived at Palm Beach International Airport in Florida (AP)

President Donald Trump kicked off his campaign rally in central Florida by castigating the news media as purveyors of fake news and part of the corrupt system.

Appearing at an airport hangar in Melbourne, Florida, Mr Trump a ccused the "dishonest media" of publishing one false story after another as his administration gets under way.

Mr Trump said that when the media lie to the people, he will "never, ever let them get away with it".

First lady Melania Trump introduced her husband at the rally.

She recited the Lord's Prayer before offering her own pledge to act in the best interest of all Americans as she pursues initiatives she said will help women and children around the world.

Asked by reporters aboard Air Force One if a campaign rally was too early, Mr Trump said "life is a campaign" and that making America great again is a campaign.

He added that "it's not easy, especially when we're also fighting the press and the media".

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