Turnbull says Trump is wasting his time criticising media

Donald Trump should stop complaining about the media and instead use it to get his message out, Malcolm Turnbull said
  • Malcolm Turnbull said Donald Trump should stop complaining about the media
  • He cited Winston Churchill saying it was 'like sailors complaining about the sea'
  • Turnbull said politicians should instead use media to get their messages out 
  • Trump on Thursday bashed the media for 'fake news' over Russia links

Donald Trump should stop complaining about the media and instead use it to get his message out, Malcolm Turnbull said.

The Australian Prime Minister cited the example of British wartime leader Winston Churchill, who famously said it was pointless.

'A very great politician, Winston Churchill, once said that politicians complaining about the newspapers is like a sailor complaining about the sea,' he told reporters in New Zealand on Friday. 

The Australian Prime Minister cited the example of British wartime leader Winston Churchill, who famously said it was pointless

The Australian Prime Minister cited the example of British wartime leader Winston Churchill, who famously said it was pointless

'There is not much point. That is the media we live with and we have to get our message across and we thank you all in the media for your kind attention,' he said. 

Mr Turnbull was speaking from experience as he faces a constant stream of questions from domestic media about his leadership, with opinion polls showing the popularity of his centre-right government sinking to its lowest in more than a year.  

U.S. President Trump repeatedly described media criticism of him as 'fake news' since taking office last month, labelling the media as the 'opposition party'.

Don't believe a word you read: Trump claimed his administration was a 'finely-tuned machine' during an hour-long press conference on Thursday

Don't believe a word you read: Trump claimed his administration was a 'finely-tuned machine' during an hour-long press conference on Thursday

Lying media: Trump used the bully pulpit to launch attack after attack against the White House press corps

Lying media: Trump used the bully pulpit to launch attack after attack against the White House press corps

TRUMP'S VERBAL SALVOS AT THE PRESS

The president used the East Room to launch attack after attack on the media.

On CNN:

'I mean, I watch CNN. It's so much anger and hatred, and just – the hatred!'  

On the media generally:

'I turn on the TV, open the newspapers – and I see stories of chaos, chaos.' 

On the New York Times:

'Front page, big massive story. And it was nasty.'

On claims Russia hacked the election:

'Russia – this is fake news put out by the media.' 

On  the BBC: 

'Here's another beauty'

On the headlines he expects from the press conference:

'Tomorrow they will say, "Donald Trump rants and raves at the press." I'm not ranting and raving. I'm just telling you you're dishonest people.' 

  On Thursday, he dismissed a growing controversy about ties between his aides and Russia as a 'ruse' and a 'scam' perpetrated by a hostile news media.  

Relations between the U.S. and Australia hit a low point earlier this month when Mr Trump said on Twitter that a planned refugee swap between the two nations was a 'dumb deal'.

That followed a Washington Post report about an acrimonious telephone call between the two leaders that attracted headlines worldwide.

'President Trump and I have had several calls now, very constructive calls. It was frank and forthright and it was very valuable,' Mr Turnbull said.

Australia is a staunch U.S. ally and is currently flying combat missions in Syria. It has also said it was open to stepping up its military commitment against the militant Islamic State group.

With his promise to put 'America First', Mr Trump also scrapped or promised to renegotiate trade deals such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the North American Free Trade Agreement since coming to office

But Mr Turnbull warned against a more protectionist U.S. trade stance.

'Protectionism is not the ladder to get you out of the low growth track, it is the shovel to dig it deeper and deeper and deeper,' he said.

Accusation: 'Some of the media is fantastic, I have to say. They are honest and fantastic. Much of it is not,' Trump said

Accusation: 'Some of the media is fantastic, I have to say. They are honest and fantastic. Much of it is not,' Trump said

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