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: