Donald Trump railed against the media on Tuesday morning as he released details of the money he’s raised and distributed to veterans organizations, even calling out one journalist as a “sleaze” during a combative news conference.
Trump has faced pressure to release information on where the money went after he claimed that he raised $6 million — including a personal donation of $1 million — from a fundraiser he held in January in lieu of attending a Fox News debate.
Speaking with veterans behind him at Trump Tower on Tuesday morning, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee said his campaign has sent off $5.6 million to veterans organizations, which he named one by one after tearing into the media for coverage over the disbursements.
But he spent most of the roughly 40-minute press conference — which was carried live by all the major cable news networks — blasting the media, which he said should be ashamed.
“Instead of being like, ‘Thank you very much, Mr. Trump,’ or ‘Trump did a good job,’ everyone said: ‘Who got it? Who got it? Who got it?’” Trump said. “And you make me look very bad. I have never received such bad publicity for doing a good job.”
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During Donald Trump‘s Tuesday press conference addressing the scrutiny of his claim to have raised $6 million for veterans groups, Trump suddenly went of on a tangent to call a reporter a “sleaze.”
“What I don’t want is when I raise millions of dollars, have people say– like this sleazy guy right over here from ABC, he’s a sleaze in my book,” Trump said.
“Why am I a sleaze?” ABC’s Tom Llamas could be heard asking. “You’re a sleaze because you know the facts and you know the facts well,” Trump responded.
Trump just called me a “sleaze.” Should be an interesting week.
— Tom Llamas (@TomLlamasABC) May 31, 2016