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Combative Trump: ‘How Does The Press Get This Information?’

Trump confronts press

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The first gripe came three minutes into President Donald Trump’s first solo press conference on Thursday, when he accused reporters of ignoring a poll showing him with a 55 percent approval rating – a figure at odds with most other surveys.

From there, the president’s criticism of the media went from barbed to personal in a cutting assessment of what he viewed as unfair coverage of his first few weeks in office – a period that has seen a succession of crises.

On a day when he ceded a loss over a signature policy in a federal appeals court, had to replace his labor secretary pick and faced questions over the resignation of his national security adviser, Trump chose to make the media a central focus of an unusually long and combative presidential news conference.

When asked by journalists of contacts between his presidential campaign and Russian operatives, he deflected the questions and put the focus instead on what he described as “illegal” government leaks and “dishonest” media coverage.

“The press is out of control,” he said. “The level of dishonesty is out of control,”

After weeks of disclosures in newspapers over turmoil in his administration, he told one reporter to “sit down” for a rambling question.

“Tomorrow, they will say: ‘Donald Trump rants and raves at the press,'” Trump said. “I’m not ranting and raving. I’m just telling you. You know, you’re dishonest people. But I’m not ranting and raving. I love this. I’m having a good time

doing it.”

Trump’s message in the 77-minute session appeared aimed at the same voters who elected him president last November, a large number of whom feel Washington has left them behind and who like his image as an outsider trying to shake up the establishment.

He sought to cast problems buffeting the White House as “the mess” he inherited from former Democratic President Barack Obama, and boasted about the “fine-tuned administration” he is running.

In one unusual exchange near the end of the news conference, Trump called on a questioner, asking if he was “a friendly reporter.”

When the journalist asked about recent threats to 48 Jewish centers across the country and signs of rising anti-Semitism, Trump appeared to take the question personally, replying: “I am the least anti-Semitic person that you’ve ever seen in your entire life.”

He added he was also the “least racist person,” told the reporter to be “quiet,” accused him of lying, and then dismissed the question as “insulting.”

Most opinion polls show Trump struggling with low approval numbers less than a month into his presidency. A Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted February 10 to 14 gave Trump a 46 percent approval rating.

While many presidencies have started off on rocky ground, Trump’s administration has been particularly marked by controversies, fights with the media, and a legal battle over an executive order to ban people temporarily from seven Muslim-majority countries.

“I turn on the TV and open the newspapers and I see stories of chaos, chaos. And yet, it is the exact opposite,” Trump said.

Trump waved away questions about a New York Times report that members of his campaign team had frequent contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials last year.

His main complaint was that the news media had uncovered leaks about intercepted communications between Michael Flynn, ousted this week as national security adviser and Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergei Kisylak, and leaks about his own conversations with the leaders of Mexico and Australia.

“The first thing I thought of, how does the press get this information?” he asked.

(Additional reporting by Roberta Rampton and Ayesha Rascoe; Editing by Jason Szep and Peter Cooney)

IMAGE: President Donald Trump holds a news conference at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 16, 2017.  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque



  1. Thoughtopsy February 17, 2017

    Our first thought was: “Why is Flynn illegally calling Russia then lying about it.”


    1. Eleanore Whitaker February 17, 2017

      The bigger question is if Trump believes Flynn was so put upon by Intel and the media, why get rid of him at all then? If he believed so strongly in Flynn’s innocence, why fire him? Why not just take his side and fight the good fight to clear Flynn’s name? This is not going to get any better.

      With every news conference, Trump indicts himself and his own supporters.

      1. plc97477 February 17, 2017

        I have to disagree. It may not be getting better for putin’s puppet but for those of us who like watching trump stumble and flail, it is a lot of fun.

        1. Eleanore Whitaker February 17, 2017

          As a resident of the state (NJ) Trump screwed over big time, a month in an all male prison for the criminally insane would make me happy. This guy has done more damage here in NJ than anyone can imagine. Everything from paying off politicians to declare residential areas blighted so they could be taken by eminent domain to screwing off his own employees and contractors.

          You know what we in NJ are loving at the moment? The new owner of the old Trump casinos is very wisely having the name TRUMP torn down. There are about 17 signs all over the AC area with that name. It is wonderful to see it being torn down.

          I don’t know if it was deliberate or not but one of the signs that is yet to be removed had the letter “T” torn off. So all it says now is “RUMP.” roflmao

    2. InGen12 February 17, 2017

      I think the real question is – If Flynn didn’t do anything wrong, why did he lie about the conversation? The fact that he lied clearly shows he knew he overstepped his boundaries.

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  2. Mama Bear February 17, 2017

    Never forget that a malignant narcissist will ALWAYS accurse the other guy of EXACTLY what he/she is guilty of. All you need to do is listen to what he accuses others of and you will know who he is. And as Andy Borowitz said “I’m sorry, but any tape Putin has of Trump being peed on by hookers could not possibly be more embarrassing than that press conference today”.

    1. Eleanore Whitaker February 17, 2017

      It is more than obvious Trump pulls out the Bad Hillary or Bad Obama card when his own lies are caught.

      The situation is now that Americans MUST use FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) to force open dossiers and documents that no longer remain relevant as “classified” information.

      We know why the FBI won’t release the data. They are saving Comey’s bacon. But, for how long?

      1. Mama Bear February 17, 2017

        the FBI has lost all credibility and is becoming irrelevant I think.

        1. Eleanore Whitaker February 17, 2017

          Actually, the FBI today reminds of the FBI of the Cold War J. Edgar Hoover FBI. As we know now, Hoover was a huge alky with a male live in lover. His attack dog, Roy Cohn, though he outwardly hated and despised gay males, was himself gay.

      2. dpaano February 20, 2017

        For as long as 45 is president and has control over the FBI!

  3. stcroixcarp February 17, 2017

    trump has lost it. keep up the pressure on congress to do something constructive.

    1. dpaano February 20, 2017

      Congress isn’t going to do a thing….most the Republican senators in Congress are scared to death since they are up for re-election in 2018. If they don’t kowtow to 45, he’ll go after them and ruin their chances for re-election! That might be a GOOD thing if a Democrat took over the seat, but I don’t see that happening for all the open seats coming up. So, these elected officials (the ones that we pay, by the way, with our hard-earned tax money), will sit on their asses and do absolutely NOTHING even when their own constituents have protested in front of their respective offices!!! Do they honestly think that they can keep up this charade and get re-elected? Personally, I’d have more respect for them if they stood up and fought this totally unqualified individual sitting in the Oval Office!
      Boy, do I miss President Obama…..

  4. I of John February 17, 2017

    Stress is already showing at barely a month in. I wonder how anyone survives that for any length of time. Looks like we may find out shortly.

    1. Dan S February 17, 2017

      I know I’m very stressed ????

      1. dpaano February 20, 2017

        Join the crowd!!! I hate getting up every morning and listening to the news or reading the newspaper to see what other idiocy this jackass has put forth! When is SOMEONE going to stop him or do something about this!!! The majority rules here, and we did NOT vote for him….what can we do to stop him?

    2. Eleanore Whitaker February 17, 2017

      Trump believes he can control judges and U.S. laws. We know he can’t. He simply refuses to accept that democracy is based heavily on checks and balances Trump in his skanky business has never had to deal with.

  5. Eleanore Whitaker February 17, 2017

    There were so many lies in his impulsive press conference. It’s hard to know where to begin. But, as usual, Trump was still sitting on his Pity Pot. First, his comment about how he had the “most Electoral College votes, more than Reagan” was called out and he did the usual CEO style…”That’s the information I was given.” That old saw has so many worn out teeth, few CEOs today dare to even go there.

    When he was outright obnoxious, he dared to claim he “inherited a mess.” NO he did NOT. Had he run for president in 2008, that statement might be true.

    The expressions on the faces of the journalists not paid for by Trump Organization was bewilderment. What kind of U.S. President speaks so obnoxiously to a BBC reporter and implies BBC is “fake news?”

    I think the other two lies that stand out are the ones about his not having “any business with Russia.” Really Mr. Obnoxious? So you little boy Donny Jr. was NEVER in Russia at an investors meeting in 2008 representing your Trump Organization and you never spoke to Junior about that?

    But, if Trump the Obnoxious thought he would cover up the Russian hacking handily, he blew when he was asked about Flynn and the relationship with Russia. Trump now is on public record as saying it was the job of Flynn to discuss the hacking. Really? Before he was even appointed to the NSA?

    When the Republican Party seeks to deceive the American public by putting a ruthless, brazen, OBNOXIOUS creton like Trump as head of the U.S., they must really think they can fool ALL Americans ALL the time. But come on…Trump outright lying about how many electoral votes he actually received? The more he mouths off about the Electoral College votes, the more he casts a shadow over those votes.

  6. FireBaron February 17, 2017

    My theory on why Teflon Donnie has a 46% approval rating. After the first couple of hundred people polled, the numbers kept going down so they stopped! Of course, 46% is more than the percentage of popular votes he received, so he should be ecstatic!

    1. Eleanore Whitaker February 17, 2017

      I laughed at that one too. He claims he has a “55% approval rating?” Really? Did he poll Martians and Neptunians?

      1. InGen12 February 17, 2017

        Pew poll that came out yesterday showed his approval rating at 39%.

        1. Charlotte Sines February 17, 2017

          i’d be a lot more inclined to believe that one.

        2. Eleanore Whitaker February 17, 2017

          Trump only scans headlines for his combat press appearances. I’d bet anything by now that Rasmussen has already clarified his claim they polled his ratings at 55%.

          Unless Rasmussen is foolish enough to align themselves with a loser like Trump, they will end up part of his lies and deceptions. Actually, he might have deceptively been quoting Rasmussen Reports which is the polling group formed in 2003. Quinnipiac already stated that Rasmussen Reports on the Trump campaign were highly biased.

        3. dpaano February 20, 2017

          That’s probably closer to the truth than 46%!!! The only people who think he’s doing wonderfully are his totally brainwashed followers!

      2. dpaano February 22, 2017

        I think that’s only with his followers and NOT the majority voters! But even if that where he’s getting these numbers, that’s still low for him!

  7. Eleanore Whitaker February 17, 2017

    He is so incensed at the moment that he cannot control the U.S. Free Press that he is plotting a scheme to create his “own investigative” panel to look into the leaks that come from the media.

    Now really. Isn’t that the same thing Nixon tried to do to cover up WaterGate? The job of every journalist is to seek news. What would make Mr. CEO think otherwise? Does he really think he can point and delegate his crew of cretons to silence media he doesn’t like so the only news Americans get is from paid Trump media?

    Can this lunatic be this crazy to think Americans will EVER allow him to do that?

    1. plc97477 February 17, 2017

      Short answer. Yes.

      1. Jmz Nesky February 17, 2017

        Long answer; Not All.

        1. dpaano February 20, 2017

          But, Jim, when is someone or some group going to stop him? This is very stressful to have to deal with on a day-to-day basis!!!

          1. Jmz Nesky February 20, 2017

            All I can say is con men don’t challenge con men unless they’re personally threatened and to date it seems not one politician is willing to step up with action, only words that they hope will re-elect them at a later time. We need action, not words and financial contributions to those words won’t instill action.

          2. dpaano February 21, 2017

            I agree….these marches that are occurring pretty much on a weekly basis might help somewhat, but we need to energize these activists to get out and help those who aren’t registered to vote for one reason or another to GET registered and to help them get registered, especially before the midterms! Marching is fine, but we need more action that will help the cause!

          3. Jmz Nesky February 22, 2017

            But money shouldn’t be an issue as much as the politicians credentials, their failures and successes and most important their willingness to live by their sworn oaths. I agree that marches do help considerably but unless we demand that our representatives work for us they will continue to watch us protest out of high rise apartment windows. We need for them to stop worrying about their next reelection and do the work that gave them the job in the first place. To me it’s like we’ve elected two factions, the few who want to do their jobs and the many who keep them from doing it because of personal gain.

          4. dpaano February 22, 2017

            I’m a little optimistic when I read that people are attending their representative’s “town hall” meetings and voicing their disapproval of some of 45’s actions. Not sure if it’ll do any good except maybe for those representatives that are up for re-election in 2018. If people are mad enough and tell their representatives to do their jobs; which, by the way, is the job they were hired for, rather than just doing whatever ridiculous thing 45 is suggesting…..maybe they will get the idea that their jobs are on the line! We only need a couple of Republican senators in the Congress to reach across the aisle and vote with the Democrats to keep 45’s many ridiculous ideas from going forward! Again, one can ONLY hope and keep fingers crossed, attend all town hall meetings, and make numerous phone calls to the representative’s offices whenever 45 decides to go off the rails (which is pretty much on a daily basis)!

          5. Eleanore Whitaker February 22, 2017

            Behind the curtain of Republican partisan supremacy likes corporations tied to Wall Street.

            Once you realize that for all of the Big Business wheeling and dealing Trump is desperate to promote with the help of the GOP, not one dime will trickle down or end up in the U.S. Treasury.

            Right there is a huge conflict of interest. Let’s assume Tillerson as SOS makes huge business deals internationally and they are obscenely profitable. How will that affect anyone on Main Street? How will making trillions in corporate profits do one single thing for the national debt or national deficit? Do they get to keep these profits since they are now public servants. Shouldn’t ANY profits earned from these business deals belong to ALL Americans?

            Now you see why the dream of the GOP has been since Post Civil War days to turn government into a wheeling and dealing billionaire’s Big Business paradise. That’s what the Mafia straight off the boat also thought.

          6. Jmz Nesky February 23, 2017

            Can’t argue with that logic.

    2. dpaano February 20, 2017

      If 45 had HIS way, the only news we would get would be from FAUX News and the only newspaper would be Breitbart!!!

  8. Aaron_of_Portsmouth February 17, 2017

    A constant obsession with his popularity in the polls; always looking over his shoulders and under every rock for hints of subversion; daily reminders of how he is being maligned by the press; whimsical and empty ideas about making improvements, the need to remind us that all is well in Trumpland, that his Administration is running like a well-oiled machine; a compulsion to remind foreign leaders how great he is; an inability to focus on questions posed to him without going around Robin Hood’s barn to arrive at a nonsensical answers to basic questions posed. All this, and the same petulant, abrasive, and manic personality are signs of a man facing an internal crisis that only God is well aware of its nature, its genesis, and where it could lead if corrective actions aren’t taken.

    This tailspin towards a crash landing can’t be averted by the GOP(they lack the will-power and conscience to try), can’t be solved by even the most skilled psychiatrists and the administration of medicines, and can’t be reconciled by the most compassionate and reasoned discourse with Trump. Only an outside agency, a Source beyond our ken and comprehension can correct the dangerous path America has set itself on and now being piloted by a deeply-disturbed man ensconced as the leader of a nation with the ability to destroy the planet—economically, militarily, environmentally, and by inciting further further racialist/ethnic/religious animosities, directly and indirectly.

    If by chance a certain group of individuals are able to redouble their efforts and fulfill the responsibilities entrusted to them, then can America be able to carry out the task assigned to it, and serve as an example for other nations in the world to look up to an emulate. For now, the country is light-years away from that state of mind and achieving a unanimity of purpose. But the reversal can occur once we allow ourselves to be cognizant of, internalize, and carry out in our personal lives, and in groups, the kernel, the key, which is embodied in the Reality of “The Oneness of Humankind”.

    Everything else short of this recognition and not having this Reality enshrined in its makeup, no matter how beautifully crafted, eloquently stated by the most erudite of any one person or persons, or however packaged in the most imaginative political policies and laws, will offer at best a temporary fix, but fail utterly in the long run.

    A good place to start is by joining in “Ruhi Study Circle” sessions with individuals and communities scattered across America, and in a variety of groups elsewhere in countries in the East and in the West , northern and southern regions, of the planet.

    Just saying.

    1. dpaano February 20, 2017

      All I know, Aaron, is that the constant stress that this man is causing most of us is overwhelming! I hate looking at the paper every morning or turning on the news (yes, I listen to CBS or NBC in the morning), is stressful to me! It seems to never end and gets worse the longer 45 sits in the Oval Office! All I can think is “when will this ever end?” Apparently, he’s already campaigning for 2020 (using Air Force One, by the way, which is illegal to use for campaign purposes)! When will someone finally see the light and tell him that he’s wrong, wrong, wrong!!!

  9. FT66 February 17, 2017

    Something doesn’t up. Flynn was very close to Trump and didn’t lie or said anything to him, but he lied to Pence. Doesn’t this prove that so long as Trump was aware of what was going on, there was no need to tell him anything, only Flynn did tell (in form of a lie) to the new comer Pence.

    1. dpaano February 20, 2017

      So true…..but his administration has sown so much BS about the situation, no one knows the REAL truth or the matter!

  10. Ernie Aldridge February 17, 2017

    Rpence is hèading the investigation?? What fresh hell is this??

    1. dpaano February 20, 2017

      It’s like putting the fox in charge of the hen house!!!

  11. righteous mob February 17, 2017

    The level of HIS dishonesty is out of control. His idiot hordes are are none the wiser.

  12. Jmz Nesky February 17, 2017

    ‘How Does The Press Get This Information?’…

    Simple, not all patriots are for the wrong side.. When underhanded schemes begin to come to the surface even the most dedicated will second guess his/her position.. The only way this doesn’t apply is when the followers are just as crooked.

    1. dpaano February 20, 2017

      Actually, the problem with his followers is that he’s told the same lies over and over again, and they have now begun to believe him even when there’s absolute proof that he’s wrong! They walk around with blinders on and listen to FAUX News, which is the WORSE station for anyone to listen to. It’s a proven fact that people who rely solely on FAUX News are less informed than people who listen to other news outlets!!!

  13. dpaano February 20, 2017

    45 doesn’t seem to understand that he’s president now, and EVERYTHING he and his administration does is up for grabs! That’s what “transparency” in our government means! We have a right to know what’s going on.
    As for blaming the media, the intelligence community, the judges, etc., and saying that his administration came into the White House and found a mess….that’s the biggest bunch of BS I’ve EVER heard! Since he took over, there has been nothing but absolute chaos in our government…..even Republicans in the Congress attest to this! They have NO idea what they’re doing from one day to the next and can’t get ANYTHING done because they are constantly having to figure out what 45 is doing and dealing with it.
    45 needs to understand that there IS chaos in his administration, and if he doesn’t see that, then he is seriously disillusioned! The big problem is that his followers believe everything he says most likely because he keeps saying the same things over and over again. You know, if you lie enough, some people will actually believe those lies! I think he’s counting on that!


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