complaining he inherited a “mess” and slamming stories that his campaign was constantly in contact with Russia as “fake news.”
Trump held court during a news conference that lasted an hour and fifteen minutes, carving out a stunning moment in modern American political history. He displayed a sense of anger and grievance rarely vented by a President in public —
The leaks are real. The leaks are absolutely real. The news is fake because so much of the news is fake,” Trump said.
“I’m here again to take my message straight to the people
Trump in fact predicted how his animated and unorthodox news conference will be interpreted in the press.
The general impression was of a president who is deeply frustrated at the way his new White House is being portrayed and who had decided to take matters into his own hands with a dramatic intervention.
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,” Trump said.
Trump was repeatedly pressed on whether his campaign staff had been in contact with Russia, as a widening drama over his alleged connections with Moscow dominates news coverage.
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