Trump criticizes news media on night of press dinner

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There might have been innumerable comedians who must have joked about Trump's presidency but it was a rare situation on Saturday night when Minhaj, a Muslim comedian chose to grill the president of United States of America who is often tagged as "bigot" and 'racist' during his own event.

But nevertheless, it was a defiant Trump who arrived at the Farm Show Complex, and an enthusiastic crowd that embraced him.

In his warm-up act before the main event, Vice President Mike Pence said Trump has "turned American around, and he's just getting started".

The ads buy, announced Monday, is paid for by Donald J. Trump for President, Inc., and will air in major markets throughout the country and will target specific voting groups online. "From now on it's going to be America first".

The last time Trump attended the dinner was in 2011, when he was a NY real estate mogul and reality-TV star who had just jumped into politics by getting involved in the "birther" movement, calling for President Barack Obama to release his birth certificate.

The White House Correspondents Dinner is usually an event of good will: the president is roasted, the president roasts back.

"And I could not possibly be more thrilled than to be more than 100 miles away from Washington Swamp, spending my evening with all of you, and with a much, much larger crowd and much better people", Trump said.

He then suggested that he might attend the dinner next year — but added that he'd also consider returning to Pennsylvania. The Saturday spectacle in this swing state was politics practiced as a dark art, created to entertain the crowd while distracting from the cruel fact that Trump hasn't been able to fulfill his campaign pledges. Trump won Pennsylvania with 48 percent of the vote, the first time the state had voted for a Republican presidential candidate since George H.W. Bush in 1988.

Before arriving at the arena, Trump visited a nearby tool manufacturing company for a run-of-the-mill photo op, signing a pair of executive orders.

He traveled there late Friday evening with plans to sign a 31st and 32nd executive order, including one that would direct the Commerce Department and the USA trade representative to conduct a study of US trade agreements, the Associated Press reports. The goal is to determine whether America is being treated fairly by its trading partners and the 164-nation World Trade Organization.

Republicans have rallied behind his one palpable achievement: the appointment of the conservative judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Asked during an interview for CBS' "Face the Nation" if military action would follow a nuclear test by the North, Trump responded: "I don't know".

However, a recent Gallup poll shows that just 45 per cent of Americans think Trump has kept his campaign promises.

"We would all agree the media deserves a very, very big, fat failing grade" for the last 100 days, Trump said to cheers.

Trump is turning to what he's billed as the nation's biggest tax cut. It apparently falls short of Reagan's in 1981, and tax experts are skeptical that the plan would pay for itself, as Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has claimed.

Yet the moment he fires 59 missiles at Syria after more than 60 civilians die in an apparent chemical attack which he blames on Assad - but none after far more are massacred by a Syrian suicide bomber - even Angela Merkel takes leave of her senses and praises Trump, along with the Matron of Downing Street, Signora Mogherini and sundry other potentates.

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