Trump’s most extraordinary news conference

From the BBC:

Me: Could I just ask you, thank you very much, Mr President. The trouble…

President Trump: Where are you from?

Me: BBC.

President Trump: Here’s another beauty.

Me: That’s a good line. Impartial, free and fair.

President Trump: Yeah. Sure.

Me: Mr President…

President Trump: Just like CNN right?

Me: On the travel ban – we could banter back and forth. On the travel ban would you accept that that was a good example of the smooth running of government…

President Trump: Yeah, I do. I do. Let me tell you about this government…

Me: Were there any mistakes…

President Trump: Wait. Wait. I know who you are. Just wait. Let me tell you about the travel ban. We had a very smooth rollout of the travel ban. But we had a bad court. Got a bad decision…

Grey line

It was quite the most extraordinary news conference I have attended.

The Guardian:

Trump spent his first solo press conference as president berating the press and dodging any serious questions – and none of it is ever going to be normal

It was an exhausting 77-minute extravaganza, and any five-minute segment would have been enough to make front-page headlines around the world.

Trump said he wasn’t “ranting and raving” during his press conference, and that was correct. The president was confidently unhinged as he spent more than an hour berating the press and boasting without any real basis that “there has never been a presidency that’s done so much in such a short period of time”.

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