Donald Trump says he has received “the blame” for his criticism of the media during the election.
“You can’t be the enemy of the American people.
That’s not the American way,” the Republican presidential nominee said during a speech in Michigan.
“But you can be the opponent of the very people that are going to vote for you,” he added.
Mr Trump also said he was “not the enemy” of the press.
“If you are not the enemy, then I am the enemy,” he said.
He said he is “not going to be bullied, not going to stand down, not being bullied”.
Mr Trump has repeatedly accused the media of “fake news” and has called on journalists to “be fired”.
“When I look at the coverage, it’s absolutely ridiculous,” he told Fox Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo.
“And I just think that’s not fair to the American public.
It’s not their fault.
They’re supposed to be the most objective people.”
Mr Trump is expected to announce on Friday that he will not seek re-election to the White House, which he won in November.
“The American people voted to give us the opportunity to be president,” he continued.
“They didn’t vote for somebody who is going to bully them.
And the media is supposed to go to hell.”