Published: Sat, February 18, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Local lawmakers react to President Trump news conference

Local lawmakers react to President Trump news conference

President Donald Trump on Thursday turned a press conference to announce his new labor secretary nominee into a marathon back-and-forth with reporters.

The United States faces a host of problems at home and overseas, president Donald Trump said on Thursday, declaring: "I inherited a mess".

He claimed reporters at The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal did not reach out to him before writing certain stories.

Trump said he was fine with WikiLeaks because it never leaked classified information.

"Alexander: "I guess the question is: Why should Americans trust you when you accuse the information they receive as being fake, when you're providing information that is not accurate?"

"They want Trump to have an image of some kind of a Manchurian candidate, i.e. a politician protecting some others' interests, in the current situation Russia's interests. And that just wasn't acceptable to me", Trump said.

During Thursday's press conference, Trump did acknowledge that the leaks coming out about his administration have been true, but that didn't make the news outlets any more truthful when they reported these facts. "I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press". Thus, President Trump will not be able to remove or ease sanctions without approval from Congress. Asked to clarify, he said, "You know what they said, you saw it and the leaks are absolutely real".

"Russia is fake news", he said.

He also warned in a pair of tweets that "low-life leakers" of classified information would be caught. As a result, the media is going through what they have to go through to oftentimes distort - not all the time - and some of the media is fantastic, I have to say; they're honest and fantastic. No, but the tone is such - I do get good ratings, you have to admit that. "Much of the media doesn't get it".

Though Trump referenced his calls with the leaders of Mexico and Australia as examples of leaks, the most damaging leak was that pertaining to Michael Flynn, Trump's national security advisor. And I was not happy with the way that information was given.

The Uranium One deal gave Russian Federation 20 percent of US reserves, the New York Times reported.

Trump said he had directed the Justice Department to look into the leaks.

But it's very important to me - but this isn't Donald Trump that divided a nation.

Mr Trump, a reality television star and real-estate mogul who was elected as an outsider intent on change, opened a hastily arranged news conference to bash coverage by the news media.

We had a totally divided country for eight years and long before that.

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