In what was supposed to be a press conference about his fund-raising for veterans, GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump went on an angry rant against the press, calling out reporters as "sleaze" for not giving him enough credit for raising money for veterans.
“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.”
ABC News' Tom Llama earned the badge of "sleaze" for asking how much money Trump raised for veterans.
"What I don’t want is when I raise millions of dollars, have people say this sleazy guy right over here from ABC, he's a sleaze in my book — you're a sleaze because you know the facts and you know the facts well," said Trump pointing to Llama.
Llama took the attack in stride on Twitter:
Trump just called me a "sleaze." Should be an interesting week.— Tom Llamas (@TomLlamasABC) May 31, 2016
From Talking Points Memo:
During the Trump Tower press conference, Trump announced that he raised $5.6 million for veterans groups, down from the $6 million he originally said that he raised for veterans group at the January fundraiser he held in lieu of attending a Fox News debate.
But since his initial claim, it's been unclear just how much Trump raised, how much he personally donated to veterans groups, and which groups received donations as a result of the fundraiser. Trump on Tuesday characterized the number as "almost $6 million."
Throughout the press conference, Trump railed against the press for looking into the details of his fundraiser.
"The press should be ashamed of themselves," he said, telling reporters, "You make me look very bad."
Trump said that he wanted the donations to veterans groups to be "private" and that he didn't want "credit" for the money he raised, and said he was forced to reveal details about the fundraiser because of the press. He also said that it took time for him to send donations to veterans groups because he had to vet the groups.
"The press is so dishonest and so unfair," he lamented.