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On Thursday, President Trump went berserk on the White House press corps, and made a number of spurious claims. Here are some of the worst moments.
1. Trump asks black journalist to arrange a meeting with Congressional Black Caucus
After Trump remarked about wanting to improve conditions in inner cities, April Ryan, who is the White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks, asked the president if he would be open to meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus to discuss how to best help African Americans. Trump then asked Ryan, who is black, to arrange the meeting, since apparently all black people know each other. Later in the presser, President Trump remarked that he was “the least racist person” the journalists gathered would ever meet.
Trump just asked a black journalist if she was "friends" with the Congressional Black Caucus and wanted to set up a mtg for him w/ the CBC. pic.twitter.com/whnDJLI8MI
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) February 16, 2017
Following the press conference, the official Twitter account for the Congressional Black Caucus tweeted at Trump, reminding him that he never responded to their earlier requests for a meeting.
— The CBC (@OfficialCBC) February 16, 2017
2. Trump tells Jewish reporter to “sit down” and be “quiet” after he asks about rise of anti-Semitism
After he was asked on Wednesday about a growing trend of anti-antisemitism in the United states following his election, President Trump gave a non-answer, instead opting to talk about his electoral victory on November 8. At the White House today, an Orthodox Jewish reporter asked Trump, again, how he planned to address the uptick in violence directed at America’s Jewish population. And yet again, Trump gave a non-answer.
When the reporter persisted in having his question answered, Trump told him to sit down, and yelled, “quiet, quiet,” over the reporter’s questioning. He then told the journalists present that he was “the least anti-Semitic person you have ever seen in your entire life.”
Trump, after not answering yesterday, is asked again about a sharp rise in anti-Semitic incidents and what he'll do about it
He did not say pic.twitter.com/tsaifw7qg2
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) February 16, 2017
3. Trump insisted that “the leaks are absolutely real, the news is fake.”
One of the main sticking points of President Trump’s lengthy assault on the media was the proliferation of so-called “fake news” from outlets that provide coverage critical of his administration. When ABC’s Jon Karl asked Trump — who assailed leakers within the White House who talked to the media without his approval — about the veracity of the leaks coming from his staff, Trump bizarrely acknowledged the information being leaked was real, but that the news coverage based on the leaks was “fake.”
This Trump bit—"leaks are real, news is fake!"—contains all of your juicy Orwellian fever fears in one video. pic.twitter.com/GqlnXnWtVw
— James West (@jameswest2010) February 16, 2017
4. Trump got fact-checked in real-time after lying about electoral college margin
President Trump’s propensity for lying didn’t get past NBC News’ Peter Alexander, who corrected the Commander-in-Chief on his claim that his electoral college margin of victory on November 8 was larger than any president’s margin since Reagan, mentioning that Barack Obama had larger margins of victory in both 2008 and 2012. When Trump argued that he was referring to Republican presidents, Alexander brought up the fact that George H.W. Bush’s electoral college margin was also larger than his. Trump’s only answer left was “I was given that information.”
5. Trump claims WikiLeaks doesn’t leak classified information
At one point in the press conference, CNN’s Jim Acosta (whom Trump refused to grant a question in his lone press conference as President-elect after calling his employer “fake news”) pointed out President Trump’s inconsistencies in pledging to hunt down White House leakers while praising WikiLeaks on the campaign trail for publishing the contents of email accounts associated with the Clinton campaign.
Trump argued that his position was sound, insisting that WikiLeaks didn’t leak classified information. Twitter proceeded to roast Trump, reminding America that Chelsea (then Bradley) Manning served time in jail for leaking classified information that WikiLeaks then published to the world.
Donald Trump just said #WikiLeaks does not leak "classified information." Current President of the US totally ignorant of Chelsea Manning.
— ChristianChristensen (@ChrChristensen) February 16, 2017
Trump says that Wikileaks does not give out classified information … #chelseamanning
— Annie Linskey (@AnnieLinskey) February 16, 2017
Donald Trump claims Wikileaks doesn't leak classified information. I'm pretty sure there's a lady in jail for that right now.
— Madison Underwood (@MadisonU) February 16, 2017
Trump says Wikileaks didn't disseminate classified information. He was referring to Dem emails, but what about Manning diplomatic cables?
— Josh Lederman (@joshledermanAP) February 16, 2017
Wikileaks doesn't give classified information, Trump says. False. Chelsea Manning served seven years in prison for providing such info.
— Arnie Seipel, NPR (@NPRnie) February 16, 2017
Watch the full press conference below:
Zach Cartwright is an activist and author from Richmond, Virginia. He enjoys writing about politics, government, and the media. Send him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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