U.S. President Donald Trump celebrated his first 100 days in office on Saturday with a rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where he attacked the media, proclaiming them to be “fake news” by “out of touch” journalists. He made much of the fact that he was skipping the White House Correspondents’ Dinner to be at the rally.
Attacking the press
“As you know there is another big gathering taking place tonight in Washington D.C.,” he told the cheering crowd. “A large group of Hollywood actors and Washington media are consoling each other in a Washington ballroom right now.”
Trump is the first president to miss the annual dinner since 1981. That year, late President Ronald Reagan was recovering from an assassination attempt.
He continued his attack, saying that the media coverage of his achievements during his first 100 days should be given “a big, fat, failing grade”.
“I could not possibly be more thrilled than to be more than 100 miles way from Washington’s swamp,” he said, “spending my evening with all of you and with a much, much larger crowd and much better people, right?”
Delivering on campaign promises
Trump also said in his speech that his first 100 days had been “very exciting and very productive,” and claims that he is “delivering every single day”. Included in this is bringing jobs back to the US from overseas and pulling out of international deals, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, that are not beneficial to the US.
“It’s a false standard, 100 days,” Trump said on Friday, “but I have to tell you, I don’t think anybody has done what we’ve been able to do in 100 days, so we’re very happy.”
People’s Climate March
Meanwhile, tens of thousands took part in The People’s Climate March, set to coincide with the 100-day mark. More than 375 sister marches were held around the country, and even more around the world. Celebrity attendees included Leonardo DiCaprio, Al Gore and Richard Branson.
In Washington, the demonstrators marched past the White House to the Washington Monument from the US Capitol in the sweltering heat. In Chicago, the crowd headed from the city’s federal plaza to Trump Tower in the rain. In Denver, they braved the snow.
Trump has said he will “make a big decision” on the Paris Agreement, which more than 190 countries including the United States signed in hopes of curbing global warming, in the next two weeks. Trump has previously called climate change a hoax.