Prez launches attack on failing media: Trump's 100-day rally
Donald Trump returned to familiar territory on Saturday in a bullish campaign-style speech in Pennsylvania to mark his 100 days in office.
In a performance that suggested the US president was still in election mode, he repeated his scathing attacks on the media and his well-worn pledges to build a wall, destroy Islamic State, drain the swamp and revive the military.
To loud cheers of "USA, USA" from the crowd, he vowed to save American healthcare and repeal "disastrous" Obamacare. Trump opened the rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania with a dig at the White House Correspondent's Dinner, which was also taking place on Saturday night, saying it would be "very very boring".
"There's a large group of Hollywood actors and Washington media consoling each other in a hotel ballroom in our nation's capital right now," he said. "I could not possibly be more thrilled to be more than 100 miles away from the Washington swamp, spending my evening with all of you and a much, much larger crowd and much better people."
Trump decided to skip the White House Correspondents' Dinner, becoming the first US leader to miss the annual event since Ronald Reagan in 1981.
"They are gathering together for the White House Correspondent's dinner – without the president," he said.
The crowd booed every time the president mentioned the media and when Trump said organisations such as CNN and MSNBC broadcast "fake news".
In a speech that was more backward-looking than agenda-setting, Trump said the media would get a "big, fat failing grade" for its reporting of his first 100 days in office. In contrast, the president said his administration had been "very exciting and very productive" and that he was "delivering every single day".