Donald Trump's first solo press conference as President of the United States was more like a stress conference. Being surrounded by journalists, or rather “the opposition party,” appears to have triggered a meltdown of somewhat epic proportions.
“This was just him, by himself,” “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert said on Thursday night soon after. “Evidently, he didn't even bring his meds with him.”
Thursday's press conference, which lasted well over an hour as Trump raved maniacally and mendaciously initially left Colbert speechless.
“Words fail me, how about CNN?” he asked, before showing a clip of White House correspondent Jake Tapper calling Trump's rant “unhinged”.
“OK Jake, nice try,” Colbert mused, mocking Trump's longterm feud with the network. “That's the lying, fake media. What did 'friends' over at Fox News say?”
Trump's favorite network, as he noted in the presser, wasn't crazy about his performance either. In fact, Fox News anchor Shepard Smith later slammed Trump for the spectacle and even defended CNN's Jim Acosta; a frequent target of Trump's.
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“Your opposition was hacked and the Russians were responsible for it and your people were on the phone with Russia on the same day it was happening and we're fools for asking the questions?” Smith shot back during his program, demanding answers from Trump.
“You owe this to the American people…. We have a right to know, we absolutely do and that you call us fake news and put us down like children for asking these questions on behalf of the American people is inconsequential,” Smith hammered.
Colbert couldn't help but marvel at Trump's talent for getting negative coverage, even from a network he'd just praised.
“With friends like that, who needs Fox and Friends?” he then asked, referencing Trump's shout-out earlier that day.
Trump also claimed that he “inherited a mess” from the Obama administration. Colbert had a teeny tiny correction about that as well.