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Brian Stelter wrote another opinion piece Monday that condemned President Donald Trump’s treatment of the press. 

The litany of complaints was familiar. “President Trump and his allies tell the public almost daily not to believe real reporting,” Stelter wrote. “But the frequency and predictability of the attacks don’t make them any less damaging. To the contrary: The falsehood-filled tweets and televised tirades are gradually eroding Americans’ shared sense of reality.” 

But the same day, Aaron Rupar of Vox made President Donald Trump’s point.

Trump was asked at one of his impromptu White House driveway news conferences, “Do you have a message for Poland on the 80th?anniversary of World War II?” 

Trump responded: “I do have a great message for Poland and we have Mike Pence, our vice president, is just about landing right now. He is representing me, and I look forward to being there soon. But I just want to congratulate Poland. It’s a great country with great people. We also have many Polish people in our country. It could be 8 million. We love our Polish friends, and I will be there soon.” 

Rupar’s tweet: “REPORTER: Do you have a message for Poland on the 80th?anniversary of World War 2? TRUMP: I do have a great message for Poland & we have Mike Pence, our vice president, is just about landing right now … I just want to congratulate Poland 

“[Poland was smashed by Nazis in 1939]”

The tweet is an attempt to show to Rupar’s followers that the president doesn’t know what happened to Poland in World War II.

But Trump said nothing to indicate he doesn’t know the history of Poland.

Rather, Rupar doesn’t seem to realize the Poles have become critical U.S. allies during the Trump administration and are, in fact, on the verge of allowing the U.S. to build a “Fort Trump” there. 

In the same impromptu conference, President Trump is asked about the progress of gun control legislation in Congress. “Well, I think Congress has got … a lot of thinking to do frankly, and they have a lot of … they’ve been doing a lot of work. And I will tell you on behalf of Republicans and Democrats, they’ve been doing a lot of work having to do with guns. And I think you’re going to see some interesting things coming along.” 

Trump had provided a newsy answer – negotiations are going on; he’s heard some details of the proposed legislation that he found ‘interesting’ and progress is being made. 

Rupar tweeted the 40-second clip of Trump’s response – 32 seconds of which were devoted to Trump hearing and responding to the gun control question – with this: “Trump changes the topic from what the government might do to prevent future outbursts of gun violence as quickly as possible.” 

On top of that, Rupar tweeted another 35-second clip of Trump discussing gun legislation. “Well, we’re looking at a lot of different things. We’re looking at a lot of different bills, ideas, concepts. It’s been going on for a long time,” the president says during the clip. 

“Background checks … I will say that for the most part, sadly, if you look at the last four or five … going back even five or six or seven years, for the most part, as strong as you make your background checks, they would not have stopped any of it. So, it’s a big problem. It’s a mental problem. It’s a big problem.” 

Trump is again providing news on the contours of the congressional debate and why background checks may not be the panacea anti-gun forces perceive. 

Rupar’s tweet: “Trump makes mouth noises about gun violence: ‘Well, we’re looking at a lot of different things, we’re looking at a lot of different bills, ideas, concepts. It’s been going on a long time.’ He then admits background checks aren’t enough but says ‘it’s a mental problem.’” 




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