Trump blames press, calls reporter ‘sleaze’ for daring to hold him accountable
Under fire for contradictions about money raised for veterans and where it went, Donald Trump used the occasion of announcing his great generosity to attack the press.
“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.
ABC News’ Tom Llama claimed credit as the target of Trump’s ire:
Trump just called me a "sleaze." Should be an interesting week.
— Tom Llamas (@TomLlamasABC) May 31, 2016
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.”