At his first cabinet meeting of the year, President Trump spoke about the praise he received from the media for allowing cameras to film the nearly hour-long meeting he had with Congressional leaders on immigration.
"Some consider it a performance. I consider it work," the president said Wednesday while cameras were in the room, or what he referred to as "the studio."
Yesterday, CNN's Dana Bash said she'll "get hit for this," but said the meeting was what "many people thought Donald Trump was capable of."
Trump said he received letters from anchors telling him "that was one of the greatest meetings they've ever witnessed."
"It got great reviews by everybody other than two networks who were phenomenal for about two hours," Trump said of the response the gathering garnered. "Then after that, they were called by their bosses who said, 'Oh, wait a minute.' Unfortunately, a lot of those anchors sent us letters saying that was one of the greatest meetings they've ever witnessed. And they were great."
"For about two hours, they were phenomenal. And then they went a little bit south on us, but not that bad. It was fun," he added.
Trump also said he's sure the ratings were "fantastic." The president said he believes the media will "ultimately support Trump" in the end because if he doesn't win reelection, they "will be out of business."
"They probably wished they didn't send us those letters of congratulations but I'm sure their ratings were fantastic," Trump said. "Which is why I think the media will ultimately support Trump in the end because if Trump doesn't win in three years, they'll all out of business. You guys will be out of business."