President Donald Trump has made himself extraordinarily available to the media in the past number of days.
Between Oct. 6 and Oct. 16, Trump gave at least 13 interviews, including eight on television. In addition, he allowed the White House press corps to ask questions on at least 24 occasions, including six impromptu press conferences.
In total, he answered almost 300 questions, ABC News counted.
“He has no fear of talking to the media,” a senior administration official anonymously told the broadcaster, who couldn’t find another time in history when a president answered the press so prolifically.
“He relishes it and he has instructed his staff he wants to do it more,” the official said.
On Oct. 9, when Trump spoke at the occasion of former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley’s departure he answered 18 questions and only finished after no reporter ventured to ask any more.
Trump has repeatedly criticized a group of major left-leaning media outlets as “fake news.”
“I can’t tell you how dishonest and corrupt so much of the media is. I can’t even explain it. Impossible to explain. Nobody would believe it. Nobody would,” he said at his rally in Las Vegas on Sept. 20.
From June 1 to Sept. 30, Trump has received 92 percent negative evening news coverage from the main broadcast networks of ABC, CBS, and NBC, according to the Media Research Center. A mere 0.7 percent of the coverage focused on the booming economy under Trump’s tax cuts and deregulation.
“These are people that will take a great story and make it as bad as possible. They’ll take an ok story and make it horrible,” Trump characterized the “fake news” media.
Despite that, Trump has remained available to the press corps, though the recent Q&A streak is aimed at the Nov. 6 midterm elections, he acknowledged.
Trump can’t be expected to maintain such frequency after the elections, one official said.