There was a huge media presence to cover the highly anticipated meeting of American President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin but the two seemed to be rather displeased with that.
Before the private G20 summit meeting of Putin and Trump, media persons were clicking their photographs. Meanwhile, Putin leaned to Trump and pointing to the journalists in the room, he asked if they were the ones hurting Trump. To this, Trump replied in affirmative.
It appeared that Putin was empathizing with Trump for the reason that media was perhaps “attacking” him. Trump has repeatedly asserted that media gives out false reports on his administration. He also often terms reports as “fake news” and media as “the enemy of the American people”.
Reportedly, Putin has not had a decent track record with journalists. Since 1993, close to 60 journalists have been killed in Russia, and most of these were those who reported on corruption, politics and war.
Donald Trump has also not held a good opinion about journalists during his term as the U.S. President. He recently attacked a female journalist calling her “crazy” and “dumb as a rock” and accusing her of “bleeding badly from a facelift”. In fact, according to reports, Trump has even imprisoned reporters who leak classified information.
Trump’s attempts of demeaning the media were defended by Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders by saying that he is “a president who fights fire with fire”.
There has been more than one occasion when Trump’s comments about the media have been considered to be in poor taste, the recent one at his private meeting with Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit being one of them.