Like a pack of junkyard dogs, the media has salivated (and drooled) in anticipation of U.S. president-elect Donald Trump’s first post-election press conference.
But the mainstream media was quickly put in their place.
In a raucous exchange, Trump trumped the badgering of CNN’s Jim Acosta, when he refused to take the reporter’s question.
This, because the network turned over tons of on-air real estate (thereby lending credence) to yet another intelligence report about how Russia rigged the election.
Acosta kept trying to get in his question.
“You are attacking our news organization, can you give us a chance to ask a question, sir? Sir, can you …”
Trump shut him down.
“You are fake news. Go ahead,” said the president-elect, dismissing the accusatory Acosta.
After CNN’s concerted effort to rig the election in Democrat Hillary Clinton’s favour by pumping out fake news and polls, it was nice to see Trump finally put CNN in its biased place.
The press conference was dominated by questions about a newly leaked report by outgoing President Barack Obama’s intelligence agencies that Trump’s campaign advisers conspired with Russia to win the election.
“I think it’s a disgrace … That’s something that Nazi Germany would have done and did do,” Trump insisted.
Clearly, the intelligence community has declared jihad on Trump as payback for doubting its claims that Russia rigged the election in his favour. On the eve of his press conference, the spy agencies leaked a two-page memo of “unverified allegations” that they had given Trump last week.
Among the filthy allegations were that Kremlin officials conspired with Trump’s campaign staff to undermine Clinton’s campaign and win the election. The report claimed that Russian officials had evidence they could use to blackmail Trump.
“Would a reasonable observer say that you are potentially vulnerable to blackmail by Russia or by its intelligence agencies?” asked a reporter.
To which Trump responded:
“Lemme just tell you what I do. When I leave our country, I’m a very high-profile person, would you say? I am extremely careful,” he said, adding he always advises those with him on foreign trips “be very careful, because in your hotel rooms and no matter where you go, you’re gonna probably have cameras.”
During the press conference, Trump hammered the report as fake news devised to undermine his presidency.
He also reiterated his commitment to building a wall along the Mexican border. He vowed to protect American jobs by slapping companies with “a major border tax” for taking production out of the U.S.
He added that “Obamacare is the Democrats’ problem. We are going to take the problem off the shelves for them.”
But the other noteworthy news — unfortunately eclipsed by the Russia conspiracy stuff — were remarks made by Trump’s tax attorney Sheri Dillon. She outlined the myriad ways Trump went above and beyond the requirements of the law to divest himself from any potential conflicts of interest.
Dillon said Trump has even addressed “any potential problems that could arise from foreign dignitaries staying in his hotels.” He will “donate all profits from foreign government payments made to his hotels to the United States Treasury.”
When did Obama donate any profits from his books to taxpayers? That was rhetorical.
Indeed, we have someone in the White House who knows the value of money and will treat taxpayers’ money like his own.