Facing off with the White House press corps in an 80-minute duel, a defiant President Donald J. Trump welcomed questions, exposed bias, and left its members in tatters.
The theme of Trump’s freewheeling press conference was the out-of-control, dishonest mainstream media, which from day one of Trump’s candidacy sided with Hillary Clinton.
First the liberal media mocked Trump as a clown candidate who couldn’t win. Now that Trump won, the media is upset at his administration for “following through on pledges,” as the president rightly reminded them.
“We have made incredible progress. I don’t think there’s ever been a president elected who, in this short period of time, has done what we’ve done,” declared Trump.
Well, he’s right. And he schooled the media, chapter-and-verse, on those accomplishments.
“The stock market has hit record numbers, as you know.”
“Plants and factories are already starting to move back into the United States and big league — Ford, General Motors, so many of them.”
“We’ve had great conversations with the United Kingdom — and meetings — Israel, Mexico, Japan, China and Canada.”
And oh, Canada — “We’ve even developed a new council with Canada to promote women’s business leaders and entrepreneurs.”
“We’ve withdrawn the job-killing disaster known as Trans-Pacific Partnership.”
“We’ve imposed a hiring freeze on nonessential federal workers.”
“We’ve begun preparing to repeal and replace Obamacare. Obamacare is a disaster, folks.”
Trump also said he will issue a new executive order to keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the country, by way of an “extreme vetting” travel ban.
“I have kept my promise to the American people by nominating a justice of the United States Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch.”
Whew, this writer is tired just typing this exhaustive list of some of the thing’s he’s accomplished — in under a month, no less!
Trump achieved these things with alacrity, despite Senate Democrats blocking and delaying his Cabinet nominees.
Still, the liberal media couldn’t wait to attack.
As someone once said, elections have consequences. Trump took a barrage of questions from the “fake news” reporters, swiftly dispatching each one of them.
Again questions about unfounded allegations that Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia dominated the press conference.
“Russia is fake news. Russia — this is fake news put out by the media,” Trump replied.
The president spent a good amount of time categorically denying any personal business involvement with Russia, and the Wall Street Journal report that the intelligence community is withholding information from Trump.
“How do they write a story like that in The Wall Street Journal without asking me?”
Trump insisted that the Justice Department is investigating recent leaks of classified information to the public.
Then CNN’s Jim Acosta tried to accost Trump about his lack of credibility when it came to comments about leaking — because, after all, it was he who encouraged leaking during the campaign (the hacking of the Democratic National Committee and the Wikileaks release of Hillary’s 33,000 missing emails).
Trump reminded Acosta that the information being leaked about him is classified, while the DNC hacked emails weren’t. Although let’s not forget that Hillary recklessly had classified content on her personal server. Of course during the campaign, the liberal media buried the story because it made Hillary look bad.
“Again, if I had that happen to me, it would be the biggest story in the history of publishing or the head of newspapers. I would have been the headline in every newspaper,” Trump rebutted.
Then Trump went on a tirade about how CNN’s entire programming is imbued with hatred toward him (the antithesis of the networks 8-year coverage of Obama).
“I won with news conferences and probably speeches. I certainly didn’t win by people listening to you people, that’s for sure,” the president pointed out.
Yet, the journalists persisted in trying to delegitimize Trump’s presidency.
“Well, when you say — when you say the inner cities, are you going to include the CBC, Mr. President, in your conversations with your urban agenda, your inner city agenda, as well as your…,” asked April Ryan of American Urban Radio Networks.
“Am I going include who?” replied Trump.
“Are you going to include the Congressional Black Caucus and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, as well as…”
“Well, I would. I tell you what, do you want to set up the meeting? Do you want to set up the meeting?” Trump asked Ryan.
He went on to ask her if the CBC members were friends of hers.
She said she was just a reporter. But let’s be real: She is a black reporter who was trying to trap him with a ‘gotcha’ question and make him look like a racist.
“Let’s go set up a meeting. I would love to meet with the Black Caucus. I think it’s great — the Congressional Black Caucus. I actually thought I had a meeting with Congressman Cummings, and he was all excited, and then he said, oh, I can’t move, it might be bad for me politically, I can’t have that meeting.”
Trump wants to meet with the CBC, despite the fact that most of their 49 members boycotted his inauguration.
Ms. Ryan should ask the CBC why they won’t meet with Trump. Instead, it seems like she’d rather report ‘fake news.’