Trump slams Russia, bashes media at Press Conference

A senior administration official said Trump came in the morning and said he wanted to do a press conference.
By Jose Jefferies | Feb 18, 2017
In a press conference that lasted one hour and fifteen minutes on Thursday, Trump went all out to denounce his critics, saying he inherited a mess.

He also slammed stories that his campaign was constantly in touch with Russia as 'fake news'. Trump carved out a stunning moment in history during the press conference by displaying a sense of anger and grievance that has never been seen before by an American President in public.

"I have never seen more dishonest media, frankly than the political media." "The leaks are real. The leaks are absolutely real. The news is fake because so much of the news is fake," Trump said.

He then went on to tout his own poll numbers and the victory over Hillary Clinton, discussed cable TV ratings and panel discussions.

The general impression though was of a frustrated President on how the new White House was being portrayed and who decided to take matters into his own hands, with a dramatic intervention. In fact the news conference was not scheduled until Thursday morning, but aides said Trump was itching to go out there and defend himself.

A senior administration official said Trump came in the morning and said he wanted to do a press conference.

Trump said he resented the idea of picking up a newspaper or turning on Television to see reports that the White House was in chaos while it was running like a well-oiled machine.

On the travel ban, he said a new executive order would be tailored around the court's ruling after complaining bitterly that the court made a bad decision. Trump also had an idea how the press conference would be reported.

"Tomorrow, they will say: 'Donald Trump rants and raves at the press,'" Trump said. "I'm not ranting and raving. I'm just telling you. You know, you're dishonest people. But -- but I'm not ranting and raving. I love this. I'm having a good time doing it."

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