President Donald Trump on Wednesday slammed sexual exploitation of children in a tweet that included an image of an underage girl and claimed he “can’t sleep” because of the media’s coverage of the issue.
Trump tweeted on Wednesday that he doesn’t have a “good night’s sleep” since the media is reporting on sex trafficking in the country.
“The media is getting caught up in this horrible problem.
They are covering it in a very unfair way,” Trump said in the tweet, which was first reported by CNN.
“We’re not going to sleep!”
The president’s comments came amid a string of controversies around child sexual exploitation, including allegations of a White House staffer sexually assaulting an underage boy, and Trump’s comments on Wednesday morning that he is “not a big fan” of the term “child porn.”
Trump was responding to a tweet from the Twitter account of former White House press secretary Hope Hicks that accused the president of not being “a big fan.”
“Hope Hicks needs to go back to the swamp, she is not a fan of the swamp,” Hicks tweeted.
The White House did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment.
The President has repeatedly spoken about the issue of child sexual abuse, but has previously blamed the media for not covering it and called the topic a “disgrace.”
“Media is covering it a very, very unfair fashion,” Trump told reporters on Air Force One in January.
“I’m not a big supporter of the ‘child porn’ thing.
I don’t know what it is, but I can’t sleep at night.”