10 Unbelievable Things Said by The President at Just One Press Conference
President Donald Trump held one of the most bizarre press conferences yet in his short presidency (and yes, that is still saying a lot), as he attempted to address his new appointee for Secretary of Labor, tamp down rumors that his entire administration may have ties to Russia, and justify his massively polarizing executive orders.
Here are 10 things we can’t believe came out of the President’s mouth during his one hour with the press.
1) “The press has become so dishonest that if we donít talk about, we are doing a tremendous disservice to the American people. Tremendous disservice. We have to talk to find out whatís going on, because the press honestly is out of control. The level of dishonesty is out of control.”
The words “honest,” “dishonest” and “fake news” came up at least 40 times during President Trump’s address, with the President actually inferring that nothing the media reports can be trusted, and that Americans should only believe the words that come directly out of his mouth. He repeatedly framed the media as the enemy, and early on announced that, “Iím here again, to take my message straight to the people.”
2) “We got 306 because people came out and voted like theyíve never seen before so thatís the way it goes. I guess it was the biggest electoral college win since Ronald Reagan.”
Ironically, right after saying the press is incredibly dishonest and only his words can be trusted, he then claimed he had the biggest electoral college win since Ronald Reagan, which is patently and demonstrably false. Oops!
3) “Weíre becoming a drug infested nation. Drugs are becoming cheaper than candy bars.”
I’m not sure where exactly President Trump is getting his candy bars, but I suggest he find a better store. While the Washington Post attempted to bend over backwards to defend the statement, pointing to $1 per pill opiates and spendy imported chocolate, the reality is that picking up a Snickers is way cheaper than grabbing a dime-bag of weed. And yes, alcohol is cheap, but if we are talking about making that illegal, well, the Trump administration is probably going to find itself in a lot more trouble than it already is in at the moment.
4) “We had to go quicker [on the Muslim ban] than we thought because of the bad decision we received from a circuit that has been overturned at a record number. I have heard 80 percent, I find that hard to believe, that is just a number I heard, that they are overturned 80 percent of the time.”
Has the Ninth Circuit really been overturned “80 percent of the time”? Kind of…but only if you just count the rulings that the Supreme Court agrees to take up on appeal. The truth is, most of their cases don’t get taken up to begin with, because they are decided properly settled in the first place. But guess where the President probably “heard” that information? Yup, it’s from right wing conspiracy theory site Infowars.
5) “Thatís the real problem….How does the press get this information thatís classified? How do they do it? You know why? Because itís an illegal process and the press should be ashamed of themselves. But more importantly, the people that gave out the information to the press should be ashamed of themselves, really ashamed.”
In case you missed it, that’s the President calling for news organizations to not report on anything that conflicts with his administration or risk jail, and him warning those in the White House that if they leak anything they will be prosecuted, too.
6) What happens when Iím dealing with the problems in the Middle East? Are you folks going to be reporting all of that very, very confidential information, very important, very ó you know, I mean at the highest level? Are you going to be reporting about that too? So, I donít want classified information getting out to the public and in a way that was almost a test.”
Yes, first he threatened the press for doing its job. Now he is informing them that they will not be getting any information from the White House, which, as a result means they would need to rely on leaks – which he has threatened to prosecute them over.
7) “[Flynn] was calling countries and his counterparts. So, it certainly would have been OK with me if he did it. I would have directed him to do it if I thought he wasnít doing it. I didnít direct him, but I would have directed him because thatís his job.”
When asked about inappropriate contact with Russia while President Barack Obama was in office, President Trump willingly admits that he was assuming National Security Advisor Michael Flynn was doing exactly what he was accused of doing – talking about sanctions and upcoming negotiations once Obama†was out of office. That would be exactly the violation of the Logan Act that the intelligence agencies accused him of, and President Trump admits he doesn’t think that was a problem; it was Flynn lying about it to Vice President Pence that was the real issue.
8) “I have to say, Fox & Friends in the morning, theyíre very honorable people. Theyíre very ó not because theyíre good, because they hit me also when I do something wrong. But they have the most honest morning show. Thatís all I can say. Itís the most honest.”
Yes, the President of the United States of America thinks the “most honest” news show is “Fox & Friends.”
9) “Let’s go, let’s set up a meeting. I would love to meet with the Black Caucus.”
Not only did the President ask a female African-American journalist to set up a meeting for him, he apparently utterly forgot that he has been ignoring the Congressional Black Caucus ever since he entered the White House.
10) “Hillary Clinton.”
Seriously, the president mentioned his Democratic rival 10 different times and in three different contexts throughout his press event. Apparently someone is still feeling the sting of a three million popular vote loss.
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