Trump press conference

Donald Trump has just given his first press conference as president-elect. There will be a number of talking points out of it.

He has talked about separating himself from his business interests – by handing over control to two of his sons – not a very big separation.

He has slammed ‘fake news’ – that is the sort of news he doesn’t like as opposed to the fake news he supports and promotes.

He says that Russia will respect the US more.

And he says he will find a way of making Mexico to pay for his wall.

“I have no deals, loans or dealings with Russia”

Donald Trump says Americans “don’t care” he hasn’t released his tax returns, as previous presidents have done

“Sick people put that together”

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News Conference Donald Trump is so far a lot more reserved than Twitter Donald Trump.

Trump more his usual self now, blasting “sick people” he says are behind leaks.

Trump asserts “hacking is bad,” then talks about the merits of finding out the things that were uncovered via DNC/Podesta hacks.

Soundbite: “If Putin likes Donald Trump, I consider that an asset not a liability.

One Sky talking head said that a comment like that would be the end for a UK politician.

“I don’t think they care,” says Trump about the public attitude to his failure to release his tax returns. “I won.”

Advisor suggesting that people ought to accept DJT will only learn of Trump Org deals through media, not from sons.

A big promise here from Trump, that GOP will produce replacement bill for ACA/ObamaCare almost simultaneously with repeal.

In fairness to Trump, concern over Supreme Court seemed to bring conservatives who were uneasy with him over to his side.

Trump blasting media for “fake news,” taking the fight to press over Russian claims. “All I can ask for is honest reporters.”

All we can ask, perhaps futilely, is for an honest president.

Trump is right on the Michael Cohen issue, which he will clearly use to assert the whole dossier is fake and/or mistaken.

Part of this question was whether Trump would say his campaign had no contacts with Russia. He has not (so far) said that.

He refused to deny contact with Russia despite a number of attempts to get him to answer on it.

Another notable action was,  after strongly criticising CNN,  to refuse any questions from them in response. Does this mean he is going to shut out any media organisation who covers him in ways he doesn’t like?

44 Comments

  1. Klik Bate

     /  January 12, 2017

    My niece in the US retweets…..

    • David

       /  January 12, 2017

      You cant argue with him on this. CNN has lost all sense of balance and its almost a mission statement to go after Trump which is just unhinged. Trump is winning the battle and CNN ratings are looking pretty grim as is their credibility, they need a boss to call time on the war and start being balanced or their shareholders are buggared for at least the next 4 years.

      • Gezza

         /  January 12, 2017

        I hope I can find a clip of this exchange. Was watching on Al Jazeera & couldn’t see who the reporter loudly & persistently asking why they weren’t getting a question was. The exchange between them was gripping tv, to say the least.

  2. duperez

     /  January 12, 2017

    Rich descriptions, “failing pieces of garbage”, “sick people” and no doubt others.
    It’s good to have honesty and truth and all those other fine old values in public pronouncements and news.

    Now, about that birth certificate of the out-going Muslim President …

  3. Pete Kane

     /  January 12, 2017

    Surprised the Media didn’t ask him about this as well.
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/beauty/88319856/are-we-ready-for-a-plussize-bond-girl-ashley-graham-sets-her-sights-on-appearing-in-a-james-bond-film
    Also would have thought our own political bloodhounds, Kick Bait and Geeza, would have also have been of top of this angle.

    • Gezza

       /  January 12, 2017

      I’m busy looking up South Carolina marriage celebrants.

    • Klik Bate

       /  January 12, 2017

      The remake…..

      • Blazer

         /  January 12, 2017

        whaleoil beef hooked…..

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  January 12, 2017

          My friend who has lost an immense amount of weight was a very big girl-medically obese-but even at her fattest, she was slender by comparison with this woman. What if that was really happening and the woman had a heart attack or stroke and the man was underneath ? What a humiliating way to die. The family would have to emigrate.

          • Gezza

             /  January 12, 2017

            I think it best I leave any comment on that one to others.

            • Gezza

               /  January 12, 2017

              Excellent comment PDB. Be hard to top that I reckon.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  January 12, 2017

              I hope that she’s saving it-she’ll need it for medical attention and no insurance company will let her have cover-I would think that any funeral company would want such high premiums that it wouldn’t be worth it.

            • Klik Bate

               /  January 12, 2017

              [Leave out personal speculation. PG]

            • Gezza

               /  January 12, 2017

              At least Kitty’s income comes from reputable sources, unlike, perhaps, some people’s relatives…

            • Klik Bate

               /  January 12, 2017

              Best leave out personal speculation Gezza, or you’ll have PG coming down on ya’ like a ton of bricks

            • Gezza

               /  January 12, 2017

              Well, naturally, Klik. Last thing one should do is make vile accusations mentioning specific people by name.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  January 12, 2017

              If KB was suggesting that I look like that and do that, how pathetic. I am a size 16, which is not skeletal, but I am happy to be a size that allows me to wear clothes from the ordinary ranges again. My friend was never like that gross picture, either. Grow up, KB.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  January 12, 2017

              Disgusting personal abuse is out of place here, KB, this isn’t Whale Oil. It’s particularly inappropriate when it’s totally unprovoked.

            • Klik Bate

               /  January 12, 2017

              I wasn’t suggesting anything of the kind, Kitty! Sometimes you just seem to be very hard on ‘fat people’ – can’t imagine what say poor old Kim Dotcom would think if he’d read some of your ‘fatist’ comments about him. I can only imagine he would feel most upset and unwelcome :/

  4. Joe Bloggs

     /  January 12, 2017

    Donald Trump gave his first press conference as president-elect today, and it was, predictably, a disaster from start to finish. The man who will be president in just a few days finally acknowledged that Russia probably hacked the Democratic National Committee and disseminated stolen documents during the 2016 election.

    He also implored that we give consideration to “what was learned from the hacking.” Thus you had the president-elect making excuses for an apparent act of foreign political espionage because it benefited him electorally.

    http://www.salon.com/2017/01/11/this-will-not-end-well-president-elect-trumps-first-press-conference-was-a-total-disaster/

    I’m picking that in a few months there will also be a grudging acknowledgement from the stubby-fingered vulgarian that golden showers are great for skin tone and hair vitality.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  January 12, 2017

      They haven’t done his much good.

      Mme Tussauds had to use yak hair for his waxwork, because nothing else looked anything like his real hair. It HAS to be his real hair, nobody would pay for that.

      • Gezza

         /  January 12, 2017

        Must admit, most of my famly are not very keen on OrangeMen.

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  January 12, 2017

          By the green, grassy slopes of the Boyne/Where the Orangemen with William did join/We will praise God for giving us deliverance/On the green, grassy slopes of the Boyne.

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  January 12, 2017

          Ah, but Trump is an orange man (or orange something), not an Orangeman. No Orange Lodge would have him as a member.

          • Gezza

             /  January 12, 2017

            They wouldn’t be too keen on me either, not after that incident with their letterbox when I was younger and even more foolish.

            Still, some might say just over half of the US now has him as their member.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  January 12, 2017

              He’s still wrong-an orange man rather than the real thing, an Orangeman from Ulster. They wouldn’t have him if he paid to be one. For one thing, his head’s too big for a bowler hat.

            • Gezza

               /  January 12, 2017

              ✈️

  5. Joe Bloggs

     /  January 12, 2017

    Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA): Russia can’t blackmail Trump because we already know Trump’s a pile of crap

    It seems to me that when you go back through the campaign and all the things that Trump said that ought to give him political problems and all the things that were caught on tape — that he would probably just as soon not have the world know about it – it’s kind of improbable to me that anybody who knows anything about Trump — that’s going to end up hurting Trump. And he was elected President of the United States.

    https://politicalwire.com/2017/01/11/grassley-says-trump-immune-blackmail/