US President Donald Trump has described his first 100 days in office as an “incredible journey” during a speech at a rally in the state of Pennsylvania.
Delivering the speech to supporters in Harrisburg, which he had chosen to attend over the black-tie gala White House Correspondents’ Dinner in Washington, DC, Trump began by launching a fresh attack on the news media.
“A large group of Hollywood actors and Washington media are consoling themselves in a hotel ballroom in our nation’s capital right now,” he said.
“Media outlets like CNN and MSNBC are fake news … and they would love to be with us here tonight, but they’re trapped at the [White House Correspondents’] dinner which will be very very boring.”
Trump is the first president in 36 years not to attend the annual tradition at which White House officials mingle with members of the press corps and Hollywood celebrities.
Trump, however, said he was “thrilled to be more than 100 miles from Washington” to discuss the “great journey” of his first 100 days in office.
Pennsylvania was critical to Trump’s victory. He won the state with 48 percent of the vote, the first time the state had voted for a Republican presidential candidate since George HW Bush in 1988.
Trump said some of his achievements during this phase of his term were the appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, the decision to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal and ending offshoring to “bring back American jobs”.