Former Rep. Trey Gowdy is offering President Donald Trump an interesting tip for dealing with the mainstream media, who are very slicey and dicey with headlines and largely aim to smear the president over everything he says.
During an appearance on Fox & Friends, the former South Carolina GOP lawmaker said the president should not “punch down” at reporters during White House Coronavirus Task Force briefings.
To help avoid these confrontations and to dodge bad press, Gowdy recommended Trump let healthcare professionals handle questions on how to treat the virus.
Gowdy also said Trump should assume the role of “comforter in chief” to guide the American people through the coronavirus pandemic.
“My advice to the president is to let the healthcare professionals handle explaining our healthcare response. He should be the comforter-in-chief, the encourager-in-chief. He should mix in hope with a reality of the statistics, but let the healthcare professionals handle giving us advice on how we should treat this virus,” Gowdy said.
“It is very frustrating to feel like you’re constantly the object of unfair critique. But it’s been that way for four years, and I don’t think he needs to punch down to individual reporters during these White House briefings,” he added.
“I mean, let the doctors handle those questions, be the president of the United States. That’s an incredible honor that very few people will ever have, so don’t punch down the individual reporters as tempting as it may be,” he continued.
“This is an unprecedented event in our country, and it’s hard to be a leader, which is why so few people raise their hands and say, ‘I actually want to be the president of the United States,'” Gowdy said.
He continued, “Be the president of the United States. That’s an incredible honor very few people will ever have, so don’t punch down the individual reporters, as tempting as it may be.”
Gowdy said Trump has been fed up with the “D.C. media” who he said promoted the Democrats’ agenda to launch numerous investigations into his administration.
Democrats “wanted this president under investigation since the day of his inauguration and they want him under investigation until the next election, and they’re going to do it and do it with the aiding and abetting of the D.C. media,” Gowdy said.
“It is all Trump all the time,” he added, “so if he appears to be a little bit miffed at four years worth of investigation, I think that’s the reason.”
Last week, it was reported that Trump plans to cut back on the briefings.
Trump slammed reporters over how they treat him during the events, which are aimed at providing the public with critical updates on the coronavirus and what the administration is doing to combat the pandemic.
“What is the purpose of having White House News Conferences when the Lamestream Media asks nothing but hostile questions, & then refuses to report the truth or facts accurately,” he tweeted on Saturday. “They get record ratings, & the American people get nothing but Fake News. Not worth the time & effort!”