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."



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"


"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"


"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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Jäger's picture

Smart move- Trump is hitching his star to the stock market

38BWD22's picture



Go get 'em, Mr. President.

Save_America1st's picture

vilifying the media with truthful statements about what treasonous scumbags most of them are will only make his ratings go higher, too.  Keep raking them over the coals untilt they beg for mercy. 

BaBaBouy's picture

RIGHT ON ... Goo Donald ...

He's right, Feck the Elitist PC MSM ...

Hillbags LOST, Get over it, Let Trump do the Job ...

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

Wikileaks releases CIA espionage orders for 2012 French presidential election

847328_3527's picture


Feels good to hear him speak. No double talk bull shit like we've had for over 16 years. Too bad most of those reporters are losers or they would ask questions that benefit the American people not their puppetmasters the DNC, Hitlery, soros and Soweeto.

froze25's picture

I wonder if the people of the MSM get bags of poop mailed to them daily?

TahoeBilly2012's picture

I thought he killed it! He is obviosuly working his ass off, he is focused, open minded and uptaking how to communicate better to the press on variety of issues. Well done!

Life of Illusion's picture

I Challenge any elected leader anywhere in the world to stand up and talk to “WE THE PEOPLE “ as TRUMP just did!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


GO TRUMP!!!!!!!!

barndoor's picture

I've read this book - Kvetcher in the Rye.

MalteseFalcon's picture

Trump's speech is "rambling" and "surreal" only to those that hare still trapped in the matrix and have not been paying attention.

I would suggest that Binyamin Appelbaum and Ari Melber unhitch themselves from the legacy media or they have no future.

FreezeThese's picture

It felt like I was watching my dog throw-up then eat it ... on the one hand, I don't have to clean up throw-up ... on the other hand, he just ate throw-up

beemasters's picture

"...he’d deal with President Obama’s executive action unilaterally easing immigration law 'with heart.'"

Glad he realized his orders on immigration had been lacking in "heart." That was a significant reason for the failure.

TheMeatTrapper's picture

He's throwing limpwristed fags like you a bone.

beemasters's picture

Stop this obsession with bones.
If you apply harsh regulations to everyone regardless whether they are innocent or guilty but only because, it seems, they are all brown, it's hard to gain approval....except in ZH, of course.

Victor von Doom's picture

Bullshit...and besides - the American People owe no-one any favours - let alone their sovereignty.

IntTheLight's picture

Why is it brown people feel entitled to sneak in here and go on welfare and steal our jobs. And isn't it racist of you to point out all these illegals are brown. Tsk tsk. You my dear are acknowledging that you don't believe brown people have the moral capacity to distinguish right from wrong and therefore must be treated like retards, incapable of doing the right thing.

IntTheLight's picture

Moral agency. You evidently believe only whites have moral agency and those brown people don't. Why not? Why can't they adhere to the same standards?

PrintemDano's picture

His job is protecting American Citizens. Have you been in a coma for the last 30 years?  Islamists are a problem.  Those from our southern border who happen to be brown and are here illegally are a problem , and they  aren't definition.      Lay off the skin color...shall he start going after all the white Belgian illegal immigrants or still allow them to hang around Home Depot?  ...........  Now Buzz Off.

VinceFostersGhost's picture



Have you been in a coma for the last 30 years?


Yes I what happened?

LibertarianMenace's picture

Anybody notice a difference on "The Day Without Immigrants"? I didn't either.


Immigrants are only "brown people"? Too much of anything isn't any good to anybody. If they're indeed only brown people as is suggested, then it's long past time that it's either changed or stopped. The nod goes to The Hedge - once again.

401K of Dooom's picture

Are you willing to bring in these people and sign a I-864 form?  Will you take care of them? 

thetruthhurts's picture

I watch "TheMeatTrapper" on youtube.....

beemasters's picture

"He warned that bad relations with Russia could result in nuclear war...."

And he should realize a war with Iran on behalf of the criminal Israel would be bad for relation with Russia and could result in a nuclear war too.

BeanusCountus's picture

"Criminal" Israel vs Iran? You seem to have it backwards.

MalteseFalcon's picture

 Trump will just issue as many orders as it takes.

Pen and a phone.

In the meantime Gorsuch takes his seat and when Ruthie G takes a dirt nap, it'll be Pryor.

BTW one more governorship and its constitutional convention time.

You assholes better get your party repaired rapidamente, or the Demos will just be a regional party.

beemasters's picture

It's best not to be emotionally entangled with any party. It leaves one blind, can't keep his mind on nothin' else. He'll trade the world for the good thing he's found.
If the president's bad he can't see it; he can do no wrong
Turn his back on his best friend, if he put Trump down.

MalteseFalcon's picture

Did you just reply with tortured song lyrics?



beemasters's picture

It serves more than that if you are indeed smart to see. The nation is being pushed towards a civil war, and you are too infatuated/hopelessly in love with Trump to see it.

MalteseFalcon's picture

Civil war?

You guys?

You gotta do what you gotta do.

Zorba's idea's picture

you may want to lighten up on the neonicotinoid intake, your cognition is a bit cloudy...bzzzzzzzz

BeanusCountus's picture

Hope you realize the current ICE action was Obama's. Authorized and put in action before he left (how convenient that execution date could go on Trump). So suck it pal. Blame Obama.

On a positive note, at least he finally did something right.

TheMeatTrapper's picture

You are obsessed with filth and bodily functions. Typical liberal. 

NewHugh's picture

Take your happy pills.  Apply ointment to your sore ass. Repeat.

MalteseFalcon's picture

"It felt like I was watching my dog throw-up then eat it"

I'm sure you threw up in your own mouth.

Get used to it.

Get a case of mouthwash, or no one on Grindr will be interested in you.

IntTheLight's picture

I'm guessing you aren't naturally smart so it is difficult for you to understand that highly intelligent people do go off on tangents and non sequitors. And you're not used to the press being attacked when they are deliberately trying to destroy a person. Too many lives have been destroyed by the press. They don't like to be criticized for their lies and false narratives.

I guess you prefer a president surrounded by his PR (the press) as we saw the last 8 years. Tough tootsies buddy. Trump is not a robot or a puppet. He says what he thinks. He doesn't lie so he doesn't need a TelePrompTer.

He rocked!

Offthebeach's picture

Have you ever give thought as to why, when only you goes near your dog,  he throws up?

BeanusCountus's picture

Your dog was thinking the same thing about you. I'm siding with your dog.

lie_to_me's picture

Actually I assumed that George Soros wrote this article. It was full of that much crap. The only "ranting" being done came from the direction of the despicable MSM.

Giant Meteor's picture

"Here is Donald Trump talking about the uranium."

I kid you not, when I first glanced through this I swore the above read, Here is Donald Trump talking through his uranium.

Anyone have todays cliff notes on this ?

edit; shit, forgot the sarc tag again. Thanks downvoters!

wren's picture

Kick the MSM out and let the people who support you in. Screw the MSM. Let them get their news from the people as they walk out.

nmewn's picture

Fake Nuuuz Headline

"In Shocking Surreal Press Conference Trump Says No One Gets A TrumpFone On His Watch!"

Nobody For President's picture

The only help he will get from WikiLeaks is the truth.

That is all he needs.

Shitonya Serfs's picture

You know what I love the lack of (and don't miss)? Teleprompters

This guy talks using his own words/thoughts. Crude? Sometimes. Unscripted? Always.

Nobody For President's picture

Thanks for that obseration. Hadn't hit my awareness level yet.

Another red pill...

Giant Meteor's picture

The serial downvoter again. That or someone objects to your use of the ajective, obseration.

Frankly I thought it fit in purdy well ;)

ThanksChump's picture

DV for whining. Obseration isn't English. We speak English.