'Chaos.' 'Mess.' 'Fake news.' 'Turmoil.' Trump lets loose at press conference

Camille Rivera
February 17, 2017

President Trump, at a hastily arranged press conference Thursday, is expected to announce his new pick for Labor secretary after his original nominee withdrew from consideration.

Mr Trump appeared in a almost hour-long press conference where he lambasted the media, telling reporters their level of dishonesty was out of control.

Trump initially set up Thursday's press conference to announce his nominee for Labor secretary, Alexander Acosta, dean of the Florida International University law school and former USA attorney in Florida. "The level of dishonesty is out of control".

The American free enterprise system is the greatest engine for economic success in the world, and this week President Donald J. Trump is taking more steps to roll back the burdensome, Obama-era regulations that are crippling our businesses.

"Many of our nation's reporters will not tell you the truth", Trump said.

Trump claimed the Russian Federation stories were "fake news".

"I would love to be able to get along with Russia", Trump said, adding that if he chose to respond to the country's latest actions, he wouldn't announce it publicly.

"To be honest, I inherited a mess", Trump said. I can't take it anymore; it makes me sick to my stomach.

Trump did not provide details of the new order he plans to issue but said it will be "very much tailored" to avoid problems judges had with his last one. If Trump believes that, Vice President Pence should step in immediately. He cited companies moving jobs overseas, instability in the Middle East and the threat posed by North Korea. They are supposed to-he didn't just call Russian Federation, he called and spoke to both ways-I think there were 30-some-odd countries.

"I know what's good, I know what's bad".

"I can tell you, speaking for myself, I own nothing in Russia, I have no loans in Russia, I don't have any deals in Russia", Trump reiterated. He went on to say "I've never seen more dishonest media than, frankly, the political media".

On leaks/fake news: "The leaks are real, but the news is fake".

In response to a question from American Urban Radio Networks' April Ryan, who is black, on potentially meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus: "Do you want to set up the meeting?"

But Trump is not breaking new ground here either.

He was then asked by CNN, another of the targets of his attacks, whether he accepted that his earlier campaign calls for Russian Federation to release hacked Clinton emails and admissions that he worked with Wikileaks left him with little credibility.

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