In Fiery, “Surreal” Press Conference, Trump Launches War On “Out Of Control” Press: Main Highlights

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.

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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, 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 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.

What followed was nothing short of an all out attack on the press :

"Many of our nation's reporters and folks will not tell you the truth and will not treat you with the respect you deserve," Trump said from the White House's East Room.

"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."

"The press is out of control, the level of dishonesty is out of control."

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"

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

 

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“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"

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

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

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"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"

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

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

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"The leaks are real, the news is fake"

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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…

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The full conference starts one hour into the clip below:


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