Trump, Cruz: The Media is not doing a good job of presenting our issues, Trump says in new ad
NEW YORK — Donald Trump is touting the media’s lack of a positive approach to issues such as the opioid crisis and the war on terror, highlighting a new ad that will air on TV this weekend in the battleground state of New York.
The ad begins with a montage of clips of CNN anchors covering the crisis, which has seen more than 400 people die this year alone, and concludes with an image of CNN’s chief political correspondent, Brian Stelter, standing behind a podium with Trump.
The image is captioned: “I think we’ve got the most important national debate of the cycle in front of us.”
Trump has made similar statements in the past, often with his Republican rivals in the race for the presidency.
The new ad is aimed at the “CNN-created media,” he said during a campaign event last month in Iowa, a state that holds its primary on April 5.
Trump also said he would not be taking questions from journalists in the campaign, instead telling supporters: “If you get to be the media, you get the most of the time.”
But he said he was not taking them away from him.
“I have no desire to answer questions from the press.
They are a part of the press, and they are not going to change,” he told supporters.
The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
New York Gov.
Andrew Cuomo, who is a Trump backer, also said on Monday he would be taking Trump questions from “the press.”
Cuomo’s campaign declined to say whether it was a bid to help Trump.
The New York primary is a contest between Republican candidates who have a slim lead over Democrat Hillary Clinton in the state and who have also clashed publicly over how to address the opioid epidemic.
The candidates have largely been at odds over what strategies to use in the aftermath of the opioid overdose crisis, including a proposal by Cuomo and New York’s Attorney General to sue the pharmaceutical industry to try to force manufacturers to label the drug as a safer alternative to heroin.
Trump has been a leading opponent of the plan, which he has called a “terrible idea.”
The ad also highlights the media covering the opioid problem.
Trump said he does not have a personal connection to the crisis because he is a businessman, but said he thinks “the media has been very good at portraying the crisis as one of the big problems of our country.”
The New Yorker said he has had “zero influence” on the coverage.
The issue has been the subject of a “war on terror,” with the Trump campaign citing the recent attacks in London and Paris, but the New Yorker has repeatedly called it a “media fabrication.”
Trump also called the “war” on terror a “false war” in his book The America We Deserve.
The new ad also takes aim at the media for its coverage of the 2016 presidential election.
It highlights a New York Times story in which it was suggested by a reporter that Trump was “playing the race card.”
The Times, in a tweet, called the comment “disgusting,” adding that it “should not have been made.”