President Trump ripped the “out of control” dishonesty of the mainstream media during a Thursday press conference, accusing reporters of distorting facts to help special interests.
“Many of our nation’s reporters will not tell you the truth and will not treat you with the respect that you deserve,” Trump said in the East Room of the White House. “Unfortunately, much of the media in Washington, DC, along with New York, Los Angeles, in particular speaks not for the People, but for the special interests and for those profiting off a very, very broken system.”
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Trump dismissed reports claiming his administration is in “chaos.”
“I turn on the TV and open the newspaper and sees stories of chaos. Chaos,” Trump said. “Yet it is the exact opposite. This administration is running like a fine-tuned machine, despite the fact I can’t get my Cabinet approved.”
The purpose of the press conference, the new president said, was to bypass the press, talk directly to the American people and set the record straight.
“I ran for president to represent the citizens of our country. I’m here to change the broken system so it serves their families and their communities,” he said. “What we’re doing is we’re talking about the power structure, we are talking about its entrenchment. As a result the media is going through what they have to go through to distort. But we are not going to let it happen because I am here again to take my message straight to the people.”
Trump called out CNN for its “hatred” of him.
“I don’t mind bad stories, I can handle a bad story better than anybody,” he said, “as long as it’s true. And you know over the course of time, I’ll make mistakes and you’ll write badly, and I’m okay with that. But I am not okay when it is fake. I mean, I watch CNN, it’s so much anger and hatred.”
The Obama administration, Trump argued, created mayhem domestically and overseas.
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“To be honest, I inherited a mess,” he said. “Jobs are pouring out of the country. You see what’s going on with all of the companies leaving our country, going to Mexico and other places. Low pay, low wages, mass instability overseas, no matter where you look—the Middle East a disaster, North Korea—we’ll take care of it, folks. We are going to take care of it all, I just want to let you know.”
Trump argued that he’s done more in the four weeks he’s been in the White House than any other president has, all in the name of fulfilling the promises he made to the American people during his campaign.
“We have made incredible progress. I don’t think there has ever been a president elected who in this short period of time has done what we’ve done,” Trump said. “We’ve begun preparing to repeal and replace Obamacare. Obamacare is a disaster.”
“Jobs have already started to surge. Since my election Ford announced it will abandon its plans to build a new factory in Mexico and will instead invest $700 million in Michigan, creating many, many jobs,” he continued. “I have kept my promise to the American people by nominating a Justice of the United States Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch.” he continued.
In addition to imposing new sanctions on Iran, which has “totally taken advantage” of the Obama administration, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is constructing a plan to decimate Islamic State (ISIS).
“[Mattis is] over there now working very hard to submit a plan for the defeat of ISIS, a group that celebrates the murder and torture of innocent people in large sections of the world. It used to be a small group, now its in large sections of the world,” he said. “They’ve spread like cancer. ISIS has spread like cancer, another mess I inherited.”
The new president touted a Rasmussen poll released Thursday that shows that 55% of likely U.S. Voters approve of his job performance despite the barrage of bad press by the mainstream media.
“The people get it, much of the media doesn’t get it–they actually get it but they don’t write it, let’s put it that way,” he said. “The stock market has hit record numbers as you know and there has been a tremendous surge of optimism in the business world, which to me means something much more than it used to. It used to, ‘oh that’s good,’ now it means, that’s good for jobs.”
Unfazed by the U.S. ninth circuit court of appeals temporary blocking his travel ban from seven Muslim- majority countries into the US, Trump vowed to issue a new immigration executive order next week that would be “tailored” to the court’s ruling.
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“We will be issuing a new and very comprehensive order to protect our people and that will be done sometime next week,” Trump said. “We have some of the best lawyers in the country working on it. And the new executive order is being tailored to the decision we got down from the court.”
(Watch the entire press conference below)