Trump Admits He's Not Being 'Presidential' When He Attacks Media

President Donald Trump has regularly broken with the traditional reserve demonstrated by previous commanders-in-chief, lashing out openly and often crudely at his critics and political opponents. Trump acknowledged this weekend that his behavior is not in keeping with his predecessors, but argued that he had little choice but to defend himself.

"I know it is not at all 'Presidential' to hit back at the Corrupt Media, or people who work for the Corrupt Media, when they make false statements about me or the Trump Administration," tweeted Trump overnight. "Problem is, if you don't hit back, people believe the Fake News is true. So we'll hit back!"

The president's statement appeared to be at least tangentially related to previous tweets about MSNBC and one of the network's hosts, Donny Deutsch.

First, Trump singled out MSNBC for what he claimed — without citing examples — was inaccurate coverage of the tentative agreement the Trump administration had reached with Mexican officials to avoid new import tariffs and curb migration at the southern U.S. border.

Tweeted the president: "Watched MSNBC this morning just to see what the opposition was saying about events of the past week. Such lies, almost everything they were saying was the opposite of the truth. Fake News! No wonder their ratings, along with CNN, are WAY DOWN. The hatred Comcast has is amazing!"

Then later on Saturday, Trump for some reason felt compelled to target Deutsch, arguing that he and the MSNBC host had never been friends. Deutsch, who was a prominent marketing and publicity executive before transitioning into becoming a TV personality, had appeared on the early seasons of Trump's NBC show The Apprentice, on episodes where contestants were tasked with challenges related to Deutsch's business.

However, on Saturday night, Trump wanted to make clear that he not only did not consider Deutsch to be a friend, but that he actively dislikes the man. He also took a moment to target CNN's Erin Burnett.

In a two-part tweet, Trump wrote: "Little @DonnyDeutsch, whose show, like his previous shoebiz tries, is a disaster, has been saying that I had been a friend of his. This is false. He, & separately @ErinBurnett, used to BEG me to be on episodes of the Apprentice (both were bad), but that was it. Hardly knew him other than to know he was, and is, a total Loser. When he makes statements about me, they are made up, he knows nothing!"

Deutsch has been critical of the president, and recently suggested that Democrats in the House stop using the phrase "impeachment" and replace it with "criminal investigations."

"You take it from a binary choice of two lanes [and] you create a third lane," he recently said on MSNBC's Morning Joe. "You take the word 'impeachment' and you change it to 'criminal activity.'"

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US President Donald Trump (C) speaks before signing the Energy Independence Executive Order at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Headquarters in Washington, DC, March 28, 2017, with Vice President Mike Pence (L) and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt (R). The White House blocked climate change testimony this week because it did not "jibe" with the Trump administrations' views. Getty/Jim Watson