Trump’s top aide adds to existing feud with US media

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Philadelphia: President Donald Trump sits at his desk on Air Force One upon his arrival at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017.  Photo - AP/PTI

Philadelphia: President Donald Trump sits at his desk on Air Force One upon his arrival at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017.
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Stoking another episode to the already existing confrontation between US President Donald Trump and countries mainstream media, a top advisor of newly elected President has told the latter to “keep its mouth shut”. Donald Trump’s feud with US media began in the early stages of his campaigning and went up the notches during his first media briefing.

Stephen K Bannon, Chief White House Strategist for Trump, said the media should now keep quiet after being “humiliated” by the outcome of the November presidential election won by Trump.

“The media should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut and just listen for a while,” Bannon said.

Keeping his defiance and aggressive posture, Bannon added “I want you to quote this. The media here is the opposition party. They don’t understand this country. They still do not understand why Donald Trump is the president of the US.”

The rebuke for now suggests that there is unlikely to be pause in the administration’s row with the US news media.

Washington: President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk along the Inauguration Day parade route after being sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, in Washington. Photo - PTI

Washington: President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk along the Inauguration Day parade route after being sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, in Washington.
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Bannon, who played a key role in Trump’s victory in the November polls, said the elite media got it all wrong when covering Trump’s presidential campaign. He was formerly an executive at Breitbart, a conservative, alt-right news outlet.

“The elite media got it dead wrong, 100 per cent dead wrong,” Bannon said, calling it “a humiliating defeat that they will never wash away, that will always be there.”

“The mainstream media has not fired or terminated anyone associated with following our campaign,” he said, adding, “the paper of record for our beloved republic, The New York Times, should be absolutely ashamed and humiliated. They got it 100 per cent wrong”.

Bannon also accused some of the journalists and media persons as “outright activists” of the Democratic Party nominee and Trump’s bitter opponent Hillary Clinton.

“Look at the Twitter feeds of those people: they were outright activists of the Clinton campaign. You were humiliated,” he alleged.

“The media has zero integrity, zero intelligence, and no hard work. You’re the opposition party. Not the Democratic Party. You’re the opposition party. The media is the opposition party,” he said.

(With inputs from the Agencies)