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

Trump claims he 'inherited a mess.' Actually, things were pretty great

Trump claims he 'inherited a mess.' Actually, things were pretty great

"This administration is running like a fine-tuned machine", he claimed.

And as NPR reported last month, wages were also steadily inching upward toward the end of Obama's administration after taking a massive dip during the recession. "I am here to change the broken system so it serves their families and communities well", Trump said.

Observers say judging by how Mr. Trump puts it Americans would think the economy was in the worst shape ever since the Great Depression.

Trump was asked several times about whether his campaign had contact with Russian Federation and grew testy as reporters pushed him for a yes-or-no answer.

The acrimony, according to the New York Times, grew so sharp at one point that a journalist told Trump, "Just for the record, we don't hate you".

To an African-American reporter: "Are they friends of yours?" when she asked about the Congressional Black Caucus.

We're going to work on it very hard.

Sure, there were problems at home and overseas that needed to be addressed, but if Trump wants to see what inheriting a mess looks like, he should look at what Obama was stuck with when he came into office.

"To be honest, I inherited a mess, a mess".

Trump was obviously buoyed by a Rasmussen poll that gave him a 55 percent approval rating, but battered by a week in which he had to jettison his own national security adviser, dump his pick for Labor secretary and deny allegations that his presidential campaign had a pipeline to the Kremlin.

"I'm not ranting and raving". I'm just telling you. You know, you're dishonest people. I'm having a good time saying it'.

His first weeks in office have been plagued by controversies and protests after the issue of a series of executive orders, a scandal surrounding national security advisor Michael Flynn, alleged inappropriate communications with Russian Federation by his campaign team in the run-up to the election, and the delay or rejection of his Cabinet appointees.

Trump would not be the first president (or governor, or mayor) to blame a predecessor for economic weakness and take credit for any future improvements. He had earlier lashed out at the media as "shameful and wrong" over "wrong" inauguration crowd reports and recently, accused them of dishonest coverage after the Washington Post had published transcript of his telephonic conversation with Australian Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull earlier this month.

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