President Donald Trump held a press conference to announce his new pick for labor secretary on Thursday, February 16, and pivoted to rant about the “dishonest” media, the “mess” that he inherited from the previous administration and more. Watch all his bizarre comments in the video above.
“I open the paper and I see stories of chaos,” he said. “It’s the exact opposite. This administration is running like a fine-tuned machine, despite not being able to get my cabinet approved.”
The 70-year-old former business mogul also seemed to make a confusing, contradictory statement while discussing the news leaks related to the Trump campaign’s contact with Russia. “The leaks are real. You’re the one that wrote about them and reported them. I mean, the leaks are real,” he said. “The news is fake because so much of the news is fake."
He went on to make false claims that he won the electoral college with 306 votes in the largest margin since Ronald Reagan. (He actually only won 304 electoral votes, and presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush have all won more electoral college votes than Trump did.) When a reporter questioned this fact, Trump said, “I don’t know. I was given that information.”
The most bizarre exchange of them all may have been when black journalist April Ryan of American Urban Radio Networks asked if Trump would be arranging a meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus to discuss how to help inner cities. “Do you want to set up the meeting?” he asked, appearing to be unaware what the CBC is. "Are they friends of yours? Set up the meeting!"
Social media had a lot of thoughts about the press conference. “Up until an hour ago, the scariest thing I’d ever watched was Psycho. #Trump Presser,” Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling wrote on Twitter. Scandal’s Scott Foley added, “This. Is. Our. President. We chose him. Yes, we.” Even news anchors were expressing concern. CNN's Jake Tapper called it "wild" and "unhinged."
See more Twitter reactions to the wild press conference below:
That press conference was a sick, ignorant, idiotic mess of hostility and lies from Trump.— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) February 16, 2017
When the president of the United States doesn’t know who or what the @OfficialCBC is…— Aaron L. Morrison (@aaronlmorrison) February 16, 2017
For those keeping score:— Jon Lovett (@jonlovett) February 16, 2017
Good polls: REAL
Bad polls: FAKE
Things I say: DUNNO, SOMEONE TOLD ME
"We had a very smooth rollout of the travel ban," lied the President of the United States.— (((Joshua Malina))) (@JoshMalina) February 16, 2017
Wow, Trump is fearlessly calling out the media's dishonesty. #PressConference— Asa J 🇺🇸 (@asamjulian) February 16, 2017
"The leaks are real but the news about them is fake."— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) February 16, 2017
One of the dumbest statements ever, edging out Trump's claim that bad polls are fake.
The actor who'll play Trump will get his Oscar for the press conference scene.— Gary Janetti (@GaryJanetti) February 16, 2017
I have now seen the Trump press conference. pic.twitter.com/QXHTCC65ta— Ern Malley (@GeoffShadbold) February 16, 2017
This guy is so wired in front of the press. Like he's gonna blow a rod.— ABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) February 16, 2017
Imagine what he's like behind closed doors...
"The leaks are real but the news is fake." pic.twitter.com/gsy1dSRIgv— Josh Gad (@joshgad) February 16, 2017
Ok, this is from the #45 press conference that JUST happened. Fake news? You know what isn't fake? The fact that he lies. pic.twitter.com/JqZ03JQdkB— Minnie Driver (@driverminnie) February 16, 2017
A Jewish reporter asked about rising anti-Semitism, and Trump called him a liar, told him to stop talking, and didn't answer the question.— Casey Malone (@CaseyMalone) February 16, 2017
One would think he would have thought of an answer since yesterday. Here's one: There's no place for any bigotry, ever, in America. https://t.co/XBtcgFnRxd— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) February 16, 2017
Trump says he "inherited a mess".— James Melville (@JamesMelville) February 16, 2017
But, whoever follows Trump will inherit the mother of all messes. #TrumpPresser
At a certain point I wonder if people will stop being shocked to learn that Trump is still Trump and will always be Trump.— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) February 16, 2017
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