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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Priebus: media obsessed with delegitimizing Trump

White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus defended his boss on Sunday saying that "there is an obsession by the media to delegitimize this president. We are not going to sit around and let it happen," he told "Fox News Sunday."

President Trump spoke to about 300 CIA staffers on Saturday and suggested to them that his well-publicized split with the U.S. intelligence agencies was created by the media. This then led to his free associating about the media and the size of his inauguration crowd which, he said, they lied about saying it was rather small.

Trump apparently has a problem with 'small.'

What had happened was that Trump didn't go along with the intelligence community's assessment that Russia influenced the 2016 presidential election to help him win.

He also said that someone within the intel community leaked an unofficial dossier with alleged personal information about him that was perversely sexual in nature, and that, he said, was like living in "Nazi Germany."

It was "one bad actor" that probably leaked the fake document so Trump wasn't angry at all of the country's intelligence officers, Priebus told Fox.

"I'm telling you; it was a love fest in there," he said, referring to Trump's CIA visit.

Media didn't report this
Priebus spoke about the claim that Trump removed the bust of Martin Luther King Jr. from the Oval Office. This turned out to be false and Priebus said about the inaccurate report: "It could have had explosive ramifications . . . It was shoot first, point later."

The so-called "reporter" later apologized.

The Chief of Staff also defended the White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer's comments about the media for under reporting the crowd size. A flash press conference was called and Spicer angrily accused the media of "false reporting" on the inauguration in a "shameful" attempt to minimize enthusiasm for Trump. And then he left without taking questions. 

"The point is not the crowd," Priebus said. "The point is the media is trying to delegitimize the presidency."

The point is, Trump needs to focus on what's important  . . . or is it that crowd size is the new hand size?