Mnuchin: Media should worry less about Trump rally comments


Trump spoke at length about his recent decision to accept a meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, which garnered some praise in the media - but also criticism over the seemingly ad-hoc nature of its planning.

He said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press" that Trump believes in freedom of the press and democracy and that there were "a lot of amusing moments" at the rally. "He's a sleeping son of a bitch".

"I've been with the president and, and at campaigns".

"No, it's very positive", Trump said after his mention of Kim's name prompted boos and jeers. In the long, apparently off-the-cuff address, the president widely attacked the media while telling a crowd of supporters to "be very nice" to Kim.

Later, he held up China and Singapore as examples of countries that had successfully tackled their drug problems and suggested mandating the death penalty for drug dealers in the United States.

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However, the loudest reaction and most amused came when the president referred to NBC's Meet the Press host Chuck Todd as a "sleepy-eyed" "sleeping son of b*tch".

Flake, who has hinted he might challenge Trump in 2020, said: "We had a record number of journalists being jailed overseas, some on false news charges, echoing the phrases that he uses".

Donald Trump's treasury secretary did not seem concerned about the President's rhetoric at his Saturday night rally, despite several controversial comments on public figures including an African-American congresswoman and a network news anchor. "I don't know why you are putting these words in what I'm trying to say".

"He's using those vulgarities in the context of a campaign rally", Mnuchin said. "This is exactly the presidency he said he was going to have, that he was going to do things differently, disrupt Washington, make the establishment insane, make the media angry", he said.

But defenders like Mnuchin are brushing off Trump's vulgar language.

Insult notwithstanding, Todd also reiterated his standing invitation for Trump to be a guest on Meet the Press "any Sunday".

"Yeah, they were hilarious", the host quipped sarcastically.