Trump suggests his administration look at starting its own news network

President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff pleads to Senate GOP: 'Right matters. And the truth matters.' Anita Hill to Iowa crowd: 'Statute of limitations' for Biden apology is 'up' Sen. Van Hollen releases documents from GAO investigation MORE suggested his administration look at starting its own news network while railing against CNN and the rest of the news media during a speech in Florida on Thursday.

"CNN is a voice that really seems to be a voice out there, and it's a terrible thing for our country. And we ought to start our own network and put some real news out there," Trump said during the speech in The Villages, Fla., on Thursday afternoon.

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"They are so bad for our country,” he continued. “They are so bad for our country. I go out there and they say, 'Boy, the media hates your country,' and it's just a shame. It's just a shame. And we really are.”

“We are looking at that,” Trump went on. “We should do something about it, too. Put some really talented people and get a real voice out there. Not a voice that's fake."

A reporter for Voice of America, which is a multimedia agency funded by the U.S. government, responded to the president’s comments on Twitter shortly after.

“Despite his remark, @POTUS should be well aware @VOANews is still around as he has given the US-government operated broadcaster two on-camera interviews and regularly answers questions from me and @pwidakuswara (he responded to her query this morning about the Taliban),” Steve Herman, the White House Bureau chief for the news platform, wrote in a tweet. 

Herman also tweeted a statement he attributed to Amanda Bennett, director of Voice of America, on the matter. 

“VOA has always been — and still is – – proud of its mission to provide objective, credible news and information to countries around the world that have no other access to it and to tell America’s story overseas,” Bennett said in the statement.

Trump’s comments attacking the press over its coverage of his administration come as House Democrats pursue an impeachment inquiry against his office after he admitted to asking Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky about looking into former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSchiff pleads to Senate GOP: 'Right matters. And the truth matters.' Anita Hill to Iowa crowd: 'Statute of limitations' for Biden apology is 'up' Sen. Van Hollen releases documents from GAO investigation MORE, a Democratic presidential contender.

Trump sparked headlines last year after making similar comments over Twitter suggesting that the government create its own television network. 

At the time, Trump tweeted about the “possibility of the United States starting our own Worldwide Network to show the World the way we really are.”

Trump, who has had a contentious relationship with the press since assuming office, had also made the remarks while taking aim at CNN at the time — a network he wrote had “a powerful voice portraying the United States in an unfair and false way.”