In an interview at his Florida golf course, Trump said that ratings for “all forms of media” will “tank” unless he is in the White House, which will provoke positive media coverage from organizations that have been critical of his policies in the past.

“Another reason that we’re going to win another four years is because newspapers, television, all forms of media will tank if I’m not there because without me, their ratings are going down the tubes,” Trump told the Times.

“Without me, The New York Times will indeed be, not the failing New York Times, but the failed New York Times,” the president added, using his favored derogatory nickname for the newspaper.