In an incredible moment in U.S. history, President Donald Trump descended into a deranged attack on journalists as he defended , Michael Flynn, his disgraced National Security Advisor, during a chaotic press conference at the White House Thursday afternoon.
Trump launched an extraordinary denunciation of his critics and media reports that his White House is in chaos, complaining he inherited a “mess” and slamming stories that his campaign was constantly in contact with Russia as “fake news.”
As CNN states, the press conference will immediately go down as an extraordinary moment in modern American political history, as presidents have rarely betrayed such a sense of anger and grievance so graphically or so early in their administrations.
“I have never seen more dishonest media, frankly than the political media,” Trump said, before blasting leaks to the press from the intelligence community —some of which led to the resignation of his national security adviser Michael Flynn.
“The leaks are real. The leaks are absolutely real. But the news is fake because so much of the news is fake,” Trump said.
He also took the opportunity to tout his own poll numbers, victory over Hillary Clinton and discussed cable TV ratings. It was vintage Trump on steroids.
“I’m here again, to take my message straight to the people. As you know, our administration inherited many problems across government and across the economy. To be honest, I inherited a mess. It’s a mess. At home and abroad, a mess,” he said.
But reporters were not intimidated and repeatedly pressed Trump on whether his campaign staff had been in contact with Russia.
“Nobody that I know of. How many times do I have to answer this question? Russia is a ruse. I have nothing to do with Russia. Haven’t made a phone call to Russia in years,” Trump said.
“I own nothing in Russia, I don’t have any deals in Russia,” Trump said.
“Russia is fake news,” he concluded.