AUSTIN — Donald Trump’s administration is ramping up efforts to try and contain what he describes as a coordinated media assault on him, as the White House begins a day of official events and a media blackout that could further undermine his political standing.
The president has been forced to address the media repeatedly during his first year in office as the media tries to turn a blind eye to the growing political and public discontent with his administration, which has been plagued by a series of controversies and a botched rollout of a health care overhaul.
Trump is scheduled to address an event with Texas Gov.
Greg Abbott, Texas Gov.-elect Wendy Davis and a delegation of top Republicans at the Capitol on Thursday.
The event is billed as a “historic moment” in the White, White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, which is held every year at the White Senate building.
Trump has long complained that the media has tried to discredit his presidency, but on Thursday he used his address to call for a “more respectful, respectful press” to cover his administration.
Trump also urged a media “culture that is more respectful of our leaders and our country” during his speech.
The White House is using the event to promote a series a events, which includes a panel discussion, live broadcasts of live coverage and interviews with newsmakers.
On Thursday, Trump will meet with House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and attend a special event at the Texas Capitol with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Joe Biden.
On Tuesday, Trump held a press conference at the Pentagon with a group of reporters and asked reporters to stop asking questions that could undermine the president’s agenda, which he described as “the most transparent administration in history.”
In the past, Trump has tried unsuccessfully to push the media to be more honest with him.
The media, he said, has a “deep-seated hatred” for him and has become “one of the great enemies of the American people.”
“I think that’s very dangerous, and I think it’s very wrong.
The American people deserve to know the truth,” he said.