President Trump on Wednesday touched a nerve in the media, even the media that hates him, when he suggested that without the high ratings he brings “they’re all out of business.”

At a Cabinet meeting where he welcomed the media for a second day to “The Studio,” he went on one of his famous riffs on the media, this time suggesting that the industry will have to back his reelection in 2020 or die.

He first talked about his long televised immigration negotiations held in the same Cabinet Room on Tuesday that seemed to lift daytime ratings.

“It was good. I'm sure their ratings were fantastic; they always are — which is why I think the media will ultimately support Trump in the end, because they're going to say, if Trump doesn’t win in three years, they're all out of business. You guys will be out of business.”

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