When President Trump’s cabinet nominated a man who had been an executive at the company that produced the popular reality television series “The Apprentice,” there was an immediate backlash.
He was the latest in a long line of CEOs and business leaders who had made the choice to take a pass on Trump.
And the backlash was swift.
In the days following the appointment, Trump made his own tweets about the media’s treatment of the CEO.
He accused the media of having a “total and complete political agenda” and demanded an apology.
“I just don’t get it,” Trump said in a March 11 interview on Fox News.
“They don’t want me to take this job.
They want to make it a political show.”
The president’s criticism drew criticism from both liberals and conservatives.
It was also an unwelcome blow to the media, which has been the most important tool for presidents for the past eight years.
On Monday, the White House said Trump had accepted the resignation of CEO of the media conglomerate NBCUniversal Steve Burke.
Trump had asked Burke to resign in a “mutually agreeable manner” on March 17, after the president had publicly lambasted the media.
Burke had been in charge of the news network since 2014, and his appointment marked a significant shift in the company’s direction.
In his resignation letter, Burke said he was “deeply sorry” for the way he and the company had been treated during the presidential campaign.
In a statement, Burke noted that he had supported the president during the campaign and he had “no plans to leave the Whitehouse in the foreseeable future.”
The move was met with swift criticism.
The president tweeted: “This is an unprecedented step.
It is clear that Steve Burke is not a ‘professional’ or ‘respected’ man.
He has betrayed his company and betrayed our country.
I wish him the best.
He is a very talented man.
I respect Steve’s decision and look forward to working with him going forward.”
But the backlash quickly moved to the other side.
The backlash against Trump’s new CEO came fast and furious.
The New York Times editorial board published an editorial urging Burke to step down, writing that he was a “vulnerable political leader who has lost control of his company.”
The editorial board called for him to “rethink his appointment and apologize for his missteps and actions.”
“It’s been a rough week for a man whose entire life is built on the trust and respect of millions of Americans, and for those millions of American employees,” the editorial board wrote.
“It’s also been a rocky week for the president, who has been a public enemy of the American press.
And now, this week, he is in a bind.
The American people will decide whether he should stay or go.”
Trump has been criticized for the timing of his decision to fire Burke, who had served as the president’s chief of staff since January, and criticized for not resigning before the March 17 deadline.
He said that the company should be run as a private company and that he would “absolutely” have resigned before the deadline.
“You can’t run a business like that, where the chief executive doesn’t know what he’s doing,” he said on ABC News’ “This Week.”
Trump said that he did not intend to fire the chief of news, which is the responsibility of the head of the White house.
“What I’m going to do is I’m not going to take care of this business, and I don’t think it’s fair,” he told ABC News.
Trump did not comment on the criticism of his business empire.
“My family is running it, my sons run it, and my daughter runs it,” he continued.
“And that’s it.”
In a phone interview with CNN on Tuesday, Trump said he had not made any plans to step aside.
“That’s the way I feel about it,” said Trump.
“If I make a decision that’s wrong, then I’m wrong.
But it’s not something I want to comment on.
I feel like I have to be smart.”
A White House official told CNN that the president is “absolutely confident” that he will be able to run the company.
“He has said publicly that he is not going anywhere,” the official said.
“This was his decision, and it was a decision he made, and he feels great about it.”