Gathering the press together for an off-the-cuff Q&A, Trump raised more questions than were answered.
President Trump decided to have an impromptu press conference yesterday, causing many ill-prepared reporters to gather their digital recorders and notepads at the last minute.
The conference was supposed to introduce Trump’s labor secretary nominee Alexander Acosta, but it soon devolved into a showcase of misinformation with slightly racist overtones.
Rolling Stone Magazine cherry-picked some of what they call “WTF moments” from the convening with transcription titles reminiscent of “Friends” episodes.
Here is an excerpt:
That time he called the country of Russia fake news:
"Russia is fake news. Russia – this is fake news put out by the media. The real news is the fact that people, probably from the Obama administration because they’re there, because we have our new people going in place, right now."
That time he bragged about not being a bad person:
"And I'll tell you what else I see. I see tone. You know the word 'tone'? The tone is such hatred. I'm really not a bad person, by the way. No, but the tone is such – I do get good ratings, you have to admit that – the tone is such hatred."
That time he conceded his oft-repeated line about having the "biggest electoral margin since Ronald Reagan" is a lie:
NBC reporter Peter Alexander: "You said today that you had the biggest electoral margin since Ronald Reagan – 304, 306 electoral votes. In fact, President Obama got 365 in 2008."
Trump: "Well, I'm talking about Republicans."
Alexander: "President Obama 333, George H.W. Bush 426 when he won. So why should Americans trust..."
Trump: "I was given that information, I was just given it. We had a very big margin."
Alexander: "I guess the question is: Why should Americans trust you when you accuse the information they receive as being fake, when you're providing information that is not accurate?"
Trump: "Well, I was given that information. I was, actually, I've seen that information around. But it was a very substantial victory. Do you agree with that?"
Alexander: "You're the president."
That time he responded to a question – from a Jewish reporter – about the uptick in threats against Jewish organizations
"OK, sit down. ... So here's the story, folks. Number one, I am the least anti-Semitic person that you've ever seen in your entire life. Number two, racism – the least racist person."
That time he assumed a black reporter would be friends with black members of Congress
April Ryan: "When you say the inner cities, are you going to include the CBC, Mr. President, in your conversations with your urban agenda, your inner-city agenda?"
Trump: "Am I going to include who?
Ryan: "Are you going to include the Congressional Black Caucus and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus?"
Trump: "Well, I would. I tell you what: Do you want to set up the meeting? Do you want to set up the meeting?"
Ryan: "No, no, no. I’m just a reporter."
Trump: "Are they friends of yours? Set up the meeting."
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