VIDEO: TRUMP EXPLOSIVE PRESS CONFERENCE AGAINST DISHONEST MEDIA: CNN ELEVATED INTO ‘VERY FAKE NEWS’, MEDIA DISHONESTY OUT OF CONTROL
( New York Post ) President Trump took his message “straight to the people” Thursday in a wide-ranging and at times contentious press conference that covered Russian relations, leaks to the media, immigration policy, the final fate of ObamaCare and a multitude of other subjects.
Trump complained at the White House presser that he “inherited a mess” from President Obama, but nevertheless pledged to fulfill his campaign promises.
“I’m here again to take my message straight to the people,” Trump said. “As you know, our administration inherited many problems across government, and across the economy.
“To be honest, I inherited a mess — at home and abroad — a mess,” said the president, who has served for less than a month, adding that “ISIS has spread like cancer. Another mess I inherited.”
Trump also used his nearly half-hour introductory statement to take a stinging shot at the press corps.
“The press has become so dishonest that if we don’t talk about it, we are doing a tremendous disservice to the American people,” said Trump.
“The press is out of control. The level of dishonesty is out of control,” he added.
The president dismissed reports of chaos within his administration. “It is the exact opposite. This administration is running like a fine-tuned machine,” he claimed.
The president even touted the crowds expected at an upcoming weekend rally in Florida. “I just heard that the crowds are massive,” he said of the event scheduled for Saturday.
Speaking of his campaign promises, Trump pledged to deal with the drug problem ailing America, claiming that “drugs are becoming cheaper than candy bars.”
Trump also said he’d issue a new executive order related to a travel ban next week — and knocked the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for blocking his last one. “That circuit is in chaos, that circuit is frankly in turmoil,” he said.
“I keep my campaign promises,” Trump said.
“There’s never been a presidency that has done so much in so short a period of time,” he added.
Trump v ‘fake news’ CNN: the rematch. President spars with its White House correspondent – then rebrands it ‘VERY fake news’
Trump called on CNN’s White House correspondent Jim Acosta, whom he lambasted at a previous press conference, during a performance heavily laced with attacks on the ‘dishonest media.’
‘Just because of the attack of fake news and attacking our network, I just want to ask you, sir…’ Acosta began as he caught Trump’s attention.
Trump responded that, ‘I’m changing it from fake news, though,’ before announcing he would call the network ‘very fake news.’