In an interview with NBC News’ “Today” show, President Donald Trump’s eldest son, Eric, said he does not believe there is a deep state within the U.S. government.
The president’s son also criticized the media, claiming the mainstream media is biased against him and that there is widespread corruption within the government.
“I have never heard of a single story that was negative about my father,” Trump said.
“They don’t like my father, they don’t believe in him, and they’re going to say what they want to say.”
He added that “we’re going, and we’re going through a very rough patch.
It’s very difficult, but it’s going to get better.”
The president and his family were among the first family to arrive at Camp David in August, following a weekend retreat in Virginia.
In a statement to reporters on Monday, Trump said his eldest son “had a great time” and praised his parents.
“He has great respect for his father, he is doing great and we have so much affection for him,” the president said.
Eric Trump did not directly answer whether he believes there is “a deep state” within the intelligence community, saying only, “I think that it’s not very accurate.”
The Trump family and other Trump associates have been in a public war of words since Trump took office in January.
“There are a lot of people in that agency that I have great respect and admiration for,” Eric Trump told NBC News in an interview.
“And I think they do a tremendous job.”
Trump’s daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner have also publicly criticized the intelligence agencies.
“If there are things that are being reported, they’re being reported with the utmost accuracy and are not being distorted,” Kushner said in a July interview with ABC’s “This Week.”
“There is no intelligence that I’m aware of that is going to be more harmful than anything that they’re doing.”
In the NBC interview, Trump also criticized “fake news” that he said was “outrageous” and “disgusting.”
“It is so dishonest,” Trump told “Today.”
“I’m not saying that I agree with every story, but if you look at the stories that are coming out, they are absolutely not true.
I’ve had tremendous success in the business. “
It’s not that I don’t respect them.
I’ve had tremendous success in the business.
And there’s nothing wrong with them, but I have to respect the fact that we’re talking about them.
And that’s a very tough, very dangerous job, and I will not be part of it.”
NBC News reached out to White House press secretary Sarah Sanders and the White House National Security Council for comment.
The “Today Show” episode is hosted by the late George Stephanopoulos and produced by the NBC News and NBCU producers.