In Fiery, "Surreal" Press Conference, Trump Launches War On The Media

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President Trump blasted the "out of control" dishonesty of the mainstream media during a Thursday press conference, accusing reporters of distorting facts to help special interests.

At the start of a nearly two-hour announcement, which was meant to introduce the new pick for Secretary of Labor, Alexander Acosta and promptly turned into a fiery, at times rambling back and forth with members of the press more reminiscent of his campaign speeches, which covered leaks to the media, Russian relations, immigration policy, the final fate of ObamaCare and a multitude of other subjects, President Trump rejected portrayals of chaos in his administration and claimed "incredible" progress in his first four weeks in office, lashing out at media organizations he said "will not tell you the truth."

"I'm not ranting and raving, I'm just telling you you're dishonest people," Trump told the press.

Trump opened the speech with what Bloomberg dubbed a 25-minute tirade in which he pointed to the stock market’s performance as evidence of his early accomplishments and said news organizations work "for the special interests and for those profiting off a very, very broken system." He mentioned that a Rasmussen poll found that he had 55 percent approval - Gallup’s most recent tracking poll found he had 40 percent support -- and said "the stock market has hit record numbers, as you know."

"I’m here today to update the American people on the incredible progress that’s been made the last four weeks since my inauguration," Trump said. "I see stories of chaos. It’s the exact opposite. This administration is running like a fine-tuned machine."  "There’s zero chaos" he claimed, and pivoted to Obama: "To be honest I inherited a mess," Trump said. "It’s a mess. At home and abroad."

The president then launched into a laundry list of issues on which he has claimed victories and progress, including border security, combating the Islamic State, job creation and a reduction of government regulation.

“In each of these actions I'm keeping my promises to the American people. These are campaign promises,” Trump said. He said the steps he’s taken in the four weeks since he was sworn in should surprise nobody, especially in the media.

But the highlight was his all out attack on the press :

“I'm making this presentation directly to the American people with the media present, which is an honor to have you, this morning, because many of our nation's reporters and folks will not tell you the truth. And will not treat the wonderful people of our country with the respect that they deserve."

 

"Many of our nation's reporters and folks will not tell you the truth and will not treat you with the respect you deserve"

 

"Much of the media in Washington, D.C., along with New York, Los Angeles in particular, speaks for the special interests and for those profiting off the obviously very, very broken system.

 

“The press has become so dishonest that if we don't talk about it we are doing a tremendous disservice to the American people. Tremendous disservice. We have to talk about it. We have to find out what's going on because the press honestly is out of control."

 

“In other words, the media is trying to attack our administration because they know we are following through on pledges that we made, and they are not happy about it, for whatever reason. But a lot of people are happy about it.”

There was much more, including some of the key exchanges with the members of the press corps:

  • He warned that bad relations with Russia could result in nuclear war, as a way of explaining his attempt to remake relations with President Vladimir Putin. “Nuclear holocaust would be like no other,” he said.
  • He signaled that he was softening on immigration policy, saying that he’d deal with President Obama’s executive action unilaterally easing immigration law “with heart.”
  • He said he did not “know of” any official on his presidential campaign having contact with Russian officials during the election, though he had to be asked three times before giving an answer.
  • He said he’s instructed the Department of Justice to look into the leaks coming out of his administration.
  • He conceded that the leaks reported on by the press were correct, despite claiming news organizations continually get things wrong. “The leaks are absolutely real. The news is fake, because so much of the news is fake,” he said.
  • He scolded an Orthodox Jewish reporter for asking about rising anti-Semitism in America.
  • He asked a black reporter whether members of the Congressional Black Caucus are friends of hers.
  • He predicted that the press would claim that he was “ranting” and “raving.” “Tomorrow the headlines are going to be Donald Trump rants — I’m not ranting and raving,” he said.

And some further details:

Trump discussed his popularity and how well the administration is doing...

Trump lauded a new poll from the conservative-leaning Rasmussen that found he holds a 55 percent approval rating, significantly higher than other recent polls.

Additionally noting that Mike Flynn "did nothing wrong"...

Clarifying that the economy has problems and they are Obama's fault...

 

 

“I’m here again to take my message straight to the people,” POTUS stated. “As you know, our administration inherited many problems across government, and across the economy.”

 

“To be honest, I inherited a mess. It’s a mess,” he added. “At home, and abroad, a mess.”

 

“Jobs are pouring out of the country — you see what’s going on with all of the companies leaving our country, going to Mexico and other places — low pay, low wages, mass instability over seas, no matter where you look, the Middle East, a disaster. North Korea.”

 

“We’ll take care of it, folks,” he reassured his audience. “We are going to take care of it all. i just wanted to let you know, I inherited a mess.”

Trump then slammed reports of his advisers and associates being in contact with Russians during campaign:

"it's all fake news."

 

*TRUMP: I OWN NOTHING IN RUSSIA, HAVE NO DEALS OR LOANS THERE

Some additional excerpts include:

“Drugs are becoming cheaper than candy bars”

"My administration is running like a fine-tuned machine"

"US 9th Circuit Court is in turmoil and chaos"

  • *TRUMP ON TRAVEL BAN SAYS WAS SMOOTH ROLLOUT BUT BAD COURT
  • *TRUMP: DID TRAVEL BAN QUICKLY TO AVOID PEOPLE RUSHING IN
  • *TRUMP TO REVISE TRAVEL ORDER IN NEAR FUTURE, DOJ SAYS: REUTERS
  • *TRUMP ON IMMIGRATION ACTION: TAILORED TO 9TH CIRCUIT DECISION
  • *TRUMP: WE'LL SHOW `GREAT HEART' ON DACA PROGRAM
  • *TRUMP SAYS WILL HAVE TO CONVINCE PEOPLE ON DACA SOLUTION

"The tone of media coverage is full of such hatred"

 

"I'm really not a bad person"

"I didn't divide this country, it was divided when I got here"

"There are two Chicagos - one is posh, safe; one is crime-ridden"

"Rep. Cummings said meeting Trump would be bad for him"

"I'm the least racist person, least anti-semitic person around"

"The whole Russian thing is a ruse"

  • *TRUMP: SAYS PEOPLE WOULD CHEER HIM BLOWING UP RUSSIA SHIP
  • *TRUMP: BLOWING UP RUSSIAN SUB OFF U.S. WOULDN'T BE GOOD MOVE
  • *TRUMP: PUTIN MAY ASSUME HE CAN'T MAKE DEAL W/ ME
  • *TRUMP: EASIER TO BE TOUGH ON RUSSIA, BUT WE WOULDN'T MAKE DEAL
  • *TRUMP: I UNDERSTAND WHAT RUSSIA'S DOING MILITARILY
  • *TRUMP: I MAY NOT BE ABLE TO DO RUSSIA DEAL; AT LEAST I TRIED

"Nuclear holocaust would be like no other"

Trump then touched on the topic of a Russian reset, which he explained as follows:

"I watch CNN. It's so much anger and hatred and just the hatred. I don't watch it anymore"

 

"The leaks are real, the news is fake"

Finally, President Trump was called out on his 'alternative fact' about the electoral college votes.. "why should Americans trust you?"

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Summing it all up...

The full "unorthodox" press conference below:

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hoyeru's picture
hoyeru (not verified) Feb 16, 2017 3:18 PM

what a total complete 100% clown. USA is going down the tubes so fast, bwahahahaha. Best thing to happen to the world! Russoia will now know he isnt gonna be pals with them and Russia and CHina and Iran can get together and fuck this clown up. They got nothign to worry about from this idiot.

Wach me get downvoted. How many will I get? 10?12? 20?

Sliced into ribbons's picture

He's looking more bloated than ever. I think he'll have a heart attack by the end of the year.

froze25's picture

Most of them only setup accounts in the last 3 months. Their only purpose is to be subversives. Trump could give the people the cure for Cancer and they would spin it into a baseless negative.

MarkD's picture

Not me. Been here since the beginning.

Can't believe how naive and blinded ZH readers have become.

Edit: Trump is a bozo

Son of Loki's picture

Schumer or Dona Brazil pay them $1 per comment is what the rumors are.

shovelhead's picture

Cheapskate Soros only pays 12 cents a post.

Thats a lot of bullshit for a double latte from Starbucks.

847328_3527's picture

Starbucks...that name sounds familiar.

Yes, it's that overpriced coffee shop where a TB-carrying refugee coughs into your frappe.

TheLastTrump's picture

you are >> naive and blinded

MarkD's picture

Trump is starting to make GW look smart.

Dancing Disraeli's picture

Wish we still had the "57 states" and "corpse-man" Obama?  That guy was a genius!

TwelveOhOne's picture

Are you fatjohn on Litepresence's thread?

chumbawamba's picture

you are >> naive and blinded

Comeback of the year right there, ladies and gentlemen.

MarkD's picture

Yes, ZH has been informing us for more than a decade of the power GS has...... and numb nuts fills his cabinet with the boys from GS and ZH readers stick by his side without raising a brow.

And you call me Naive and Blinded?

Hmmmmm.

Tachyon5321's picture

At least it shows he is smarter than you... LOL

PrintemDano's picture

If a red nose and big shoes is what it takes to clean up this lawless nation I'll take Bozo.  Bozo is doing a great job thus far.  Draining the swamp.

The Jaguar's picture

It is a badge of honor, the left are so panicked and disoriented they come on here to troll us lol. In their stupidity they think it will somehow weaken us, they don't realize it strengthens us.

TwelveOhOne's picture

Exactly!  "If you mod me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine!"

TheLastTrump's picture

truer words were never spoken >>Trump could give the people the cure for Cancer and they would spin it into a baseless negative.

Hungman's picture

They are part of a group called ShareBlue (ShariaBlue). They are paid for by David Brock who is funded by Soros.

TheLastTrump's picture

recent article stated there were 40,000 paid shills employed by Media Matters? CTR?

Cman5000's picture

Group home retards. 

TylerJ's picture

The Trolls are George Soros $7.25/hr paid ButtBoys.

They go offline when their momma tells them their internet time for the day is up, and its to come out of the basement and goto bed.

TheLastTrump's picture

Fuck these idiots. Learn their names & avatars & auto downvote the bitches.

 

I stand with President Trump & Benjamin Netanyahu.

Socratic Dog's picture

It's guys like you that make me wonder whether the trolls don't have a point.  "Trump and Netanyahu".  Right.

Newsflash: Israel carried out 9/11.

False_Profit's picture

The globalist tyrannical jesuits did 9/11, just like they were behind the gunpowder plot...but keep sacking the kool-aid tit...

PasteEater's picture

Get fucked.  Auto downvote people because you don't agree with something they said in the past?  What a childish thing to do.  Remember: you're the new guy around here, so start acting like it.  If you want to circlejerk about how great Donald Trump is, why don't you go over to Breitbart?

It's pretty scary that so many of you are cheering for the downfall of freedom, in favor of a totalitarianism.  I'll take libertarian values any day over this bullshit.  Donald Trump (and many of you) loved leaks when they worked in his favor (as did I), but now they should be punished to the fullest extent of the law?  I'm not sure if there's anything in this world worse than a hypocrite.  We don't get to see the "wheels of government" by design, so when garbage is happening behind the scenes, we should know about it.  It shouldn't matter if it's Obama or Trump.  Fuck 'em both if they're doing dirty shit.

 

The Iconoclast's picture

I'd tell you to blow it our your ass, but Trump's dick is in there.

PrintemDano's picture

Leaking the inner workings of the inept/corrupt DNC is a lot different then leaking classified info dumbass.

chimchim's picture

I think the wankers at the presser just get on here to blow off steam and maybe confuse a few sojourners.

markpower49's picture

Ghosts of the gay bar that got shot up? They are brainless.

GUS100CORRINA's picture

Sliced to ribbons ...

What an approriate name. The reason I say this is because if anything happens to President TRUMP, everyone's protfolio will be SLICED TO RIBBONS. 

GOD WILL UNLEASH HIS WRATH ON AMERICA THAT WILL MAKE NUCLEAR WAR LOOK LIKE A DAY AT THE BEACH.

Progressive Liberals do not understant or do they want to understand because they are deceived to believe a lie.

So be careful what you wish for because GOD might just give it to you and you and the rest of America will live to regret it!!!

NoPension's picture

There ought be a new rule here.

If you get say, 100 downvotes...your account just evaporates.

MarkD's picture

But then ZH would be just like watching Fox News aka Trump News.

 

BigFatUglyBubble's picture

They are taking the blue pill that is painted red.  It's sad, really.  This man DJT is not out for them, he's not their friend.  Everyone has become lonely from this facebook shit they need a friend.  He's not it though.  I could rant on forever...

shovelhead's picture

Wise move.

Too much bilge sinks the boat.

markpower49's picture

The straight news part of Fox has been found to be as liberal as CNN, dope.

GUS100CORRINA's picture

hoyeru ...

REALLY?

I THINK THE REAL CLOWNS ARE HRC and OBAMA.

Truly sad part of the story is this point: AMERICA is in a BAD PLACE BECAUSE OF PROGRESSIVE LIBERAL PERVERSIONS and their KEYNESIAN TRASH THEORIES.

But of course, none of this is going to matter after Oct'17 because this is a Jewish Year of Jubilee and things are going to change a lot in the coming months.

So hang on to your ASS(ETS and enjoy the ride.

4 wheel drift's picture

Wach me get downvoted

-lol   the better point would be why would you be up-voted.

only by other miserable sons of whores such as yourself you stupid moron

Trump is a billionaire, and successful businessman who DID NOT need to do this

and put his family through this crap trip...   he is doing this for the good of the USA

....   and who are you anyway ?

as stated, a miserable troll son of a whore...

 

fuck you and your laughable opinions

 

 


MarkD's picture

Yes, the Billionaire that calls himself the King of Debt.

4 wheel drift's picture

Yes, the Billionaire that calls himself the King of Debt.

 

really? never seen the quote, besides, even if he said it... the numbers indicate that OBOZO IS the king of debt

THANK YOU for making my point.... he still is a billionaire who, again

he is doing this for the benefit of REAL AMERICANS  *you would not know*, this means

the ones who ACTUALLY WORK AND PRODUCE...

i mean...  who the fuck chooses the picture of a fucking MONKEY (looks like a chupacabra) with over-sized glasses, oh wait...

you must be one of them keynesians pseudo-scientist eko-nomist...   you know, the ones who think that

the size of their glasses compensates for their tiny penis...  HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

EmmittFitzhume's picture

You get ALL of the down votes fucko!

spiral galaxy's picture

Wow! You're at100 already! Too bad ZH doesn't have a "mercy" rule where once you get more than say 50 down votes, your stupid retarded comment is deleted!!! Bye-bye! :-)

UnschooledAustrianEconomist's picture

102 by now. Impressive. Snowflake broke the bank.

SILVERGEDDON's picture

MOAR, MUCH MOAR.

All well deserved, fuck tard.