Today, President Donald Trump held a news conference with members of the media. Full of boisterous self-praise and self-adulation, Trump got to cut off and interrupt reporters like it was a World Wrestling Federation prep rally. Thanks to The New York Times for putting up the full transcript. I got to watch part of it while at Wayback Burgers in Dover eating a late lunch (great burgers by the way). I wanted to touch on a few of the highlights of the conference and put my thoughts around them. Trying to formulate a thought for some of Trump’s comments is like trying to touch wind since there was no basis in reality for some of his comments.
I don’t think there’s ever been a president elected who in this short period of time has done what we’ve done.
Yes, we have the billionaire club disguising themselves as a Presidential Cabinet and children of illegal immigrants crying to their teachers they are going to be deported.
This morning, because many of our nation’s reporters and folks will not tell you the truth, and will not treat the wonderful people of our country with the respect that they deserve.
Respect goes both ways. Respect means letting others have a viewpoint and allowing them to convey it. It’s also called The First Amendment in case you’ve forgotten.
North Korea – we’ll take care of it folks; we’re going to take care of it all.
How are you going to take care of a rogue nation that doesn’t show up on satellite maps at night because all the lights are off in the country? If you do indeed fix it all can we make you the savior of the world?
We have had great conversations with the United Kingdom, and meetings. Israel, Mexico, Japan, China and Canada, really, really productive conversations. I would say far more productive than you would understand.
Is that because we are too dumb to understand President Trump? Us little people and measly reporters just wouldn’t get it? Unless we are in the boardroom, ahem, Oval Office during these conversations and meetings?
We’ve even developed a new council with Canada to promote women’s business leaders and entrepreneurs. It’s very important to me, very important to my daughter Ivanka.
No conflict of interest there. Yes, let’s drain the swamp and create a council with Canada at taxpayer expense! I can see all that government waste circling the drain (sarcasm intended).
I’ve ordered plan to begin building for the massive rebuilding of the United States military. Had great support from the Senate, I’ve had great from Congress, generally.
When you say this, please don’t think anyone believes it is because they want to work with you. Both houses are controlled by the GOP so it is easy-peasy for all of you to get your way. I highly doubt they will balk too much against your plans because you carry that veto pen.
And the wall is going to be a great wall and it’s going to be a wall negotiated by me.
Because that worked so well for Berlin… Yes, I have no doubt this great wall will be negotiated by you but paid for by we the people.
We’ve ordered a crackdown on sanctuary cities that refuse to comply with federal law and that harbor criminal aliens,
How long until they start coming into schools?
I keep my campaign promises, and our citizens will be very happy when they see the result.
Common Core is still here President Trump. How many votes did you get based on that promise? Quite a few I bet! Instead of getting rid of it, we got Betsy DeVos!
Wal-mart announced it will create 10,000 jobs in the United States just this year because of our various plans and initiatives.
I think that had more to do with their plans to begin selling cars and beef up their online presence.
It’s all fake news. It’s all fake news.
Will this be the new “thing”? Anything that goes against President Trump will now be called fake news? Better believe it!
You know, he was doing his job. The thing is, he didn’t tell our vice president properly, and then he said he didn’t remember.
For someone who made part of his vast fortune by telling people “You’re fired!”, wouldn’t part of his job be, you know, giving proper information to the Vice President and remembering what happened? Duh Donald Duh!
And just while you’re at it, because you mentioned this, Wall Street Journal did a story today that was almost as disgraceful as the failing New York Time’s story, yesterday.
So the alleged purpose of this news conference was to improve relations with the media but he does so by referring to two of the biggest newspapers in the world as “failing” and “disgraceful”. I can see that collaborative spirit flowing Don!
I mean, I watch CNN, it’s so much anger and hatred and just the hatred.
And Fox News is NEVER like that, especially when Dems were in power. Okee-dokee!
Nobody mentions that Hillary received the questions to the debates. Can you imagine — seriously — can you imagine if I received the questions? It would be the electric chair. OK, he should be put in the electric — you would even call for the reinstitution of the death penalty, OK.
President Trump, if you lost the presidential election do you think anyone would still be talking about this? No. Why are you continuing to beat up on Hillary Clinton?
No, that’s how I won. I won with news conferences and probably speeches. I certainly didn’t win by people listening to you people. That’s for sure. But I’m having a good time.
Trump is referring to members of the media that didn’t like him here. This is his victory lap around the news pundits and giving them a tongue lashing while also putting himself up in bronze for the whole world to see. Look at me, I’m President Trump. I’m King of the World.
But tomorrow, the headlines are going to be, “Donald Trump rants and raves.” I’m not ranting and raving.
I believe this should be the lead for any examples of idiocy going forward in history.
The greatest thing I could do is shoot that ship that’s 30 miles off shore right out of the water.
This was said in jest by Trump, but given that this ship was 30 miles off the coast of the state I live in, Delaware, my ears perked up when he said this. I don’t recall any big naval battles off the coast of Delaware in the past 200 years. That could have been interesting!
I can’t believe I’m saying I’m a politician, but I guess that’s what I am now.
Lightbulb moment for the leader of the free world…
And I can tell you one thing about a briefing that we’re allowed to say because anybody that ever read the most basic book can say it, nuclear holocaust would be like no other.
Wow! Nuclear holocaust would be bad? I never knew that. I thought “The Day After”, which aired in 1983 and showed Kansas City getting nuked and the aftermath was just a pre-Thanksgiving special. Nuclear holocaust is just that, the end. Did you just learn this from reading a briefing? Jesus wept…
…does anybody really think that Hillary Clinton would be tougher on Russia than Donald Trump?
When you refer to yourself in the 3rd person, that is nothing but a big old ego. Mr. President, this isn’t Rocky III promoting a fight between Apollo Creed and Clubber Lang. You are a leader. Please act like it!
Can’t believe I forgot this one!
Trump: Are they friends of yours?
Reporter: I’m just a reporter.
Trump: Well, then set up the meeting.
This was in response to an African-American reporter if Trump consulted with the Congressional Black Caucus to deal with his upcoming Executive Order to deal with crime in American cities. Like we should just assume every African-American knows every African-American. But this is the world we live in now.
Respect goes both ways like I said earlier. If you want the media to respect you and your agendas, you also have to respect them. You can’t cherry-pick who you like because they give you positive press. Watching just part of the press conference today was embarrassing. Reading the whole transcript gave me severe heartburn! I have to believe Trump has someone guiding him who would say “Mr. President, I really don’t advise you holding this news conference.” If not, I’m sure he will VERY soon!