WATCH: President Donald Trump Press Conference [Full Video]
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WATCH: President Donald Trump Press Conference [Full Video]

President Donald Trump held an unexpected press conference on Thursday to unveil his new nominee for Labor Secretary to replace Andrew Puzder.

You can watch the video of the press conference above. It began at 12:30 p.m. in the East Room of the White House.

After briefly introducing R. Alexander Acosta as his new Labor Secretary position, Trump addressed recent reports about his, and his campaign’s, connections to Russia, along with the things he claims he has done in his first month in office.

It was Trump’s first solo news conference since he took office last month. He has held joint press conferences with leaders from Britain, Japan, Canada and Israel. CNN reports that Trump made the decision himself to hold the previously unscheduled press conference.

During a combative hour and a half session, Trump took questions from several reporters. He denied wrongdoing in regards to Russia, and also repeatedly bashed the media for being “fake” and unfair.

If you don’t want to watch the whole press conference, you can see some of the key moments here.

In one exchange with journalist April Ryan, who is black, Trump asked if she is friends with the Congressional Black Caucus, and told her to set up a meeting with them for him.

During another interaction with a reporter, Jake Turx, Trump told him to “sit down” after saying his question about a rise in anti-Semitic incidents across the country was unfair.

“Number one: I am the least anti-Semitic person that you’ve ever seen in your entire life,” Trump said. Number two, racism. The least racist person. See, he lied about – he was going to get up and ask a very straight, simple question. Welcome to the world of the media.”

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Anonymous

There is such hatred coming from CNN and others that create these fake news stories. The venom of anti-Trump has to stop. I have almost completely lost my faith in news media, and am always using Google to fact-check the fact-checkers, which have lost their integrity due to the heavy political bias of the fact-check writers.

up yours

Was he a Muslim or a Jew ?
The way he was acting ,I think he was a Muslim spy.

Anonymous

No, Don-the-Tard acted exactly ad he is –Puton’s Puppet!! Hmmm … I can smell impeachment now!!! LOL

Anonymous

Doesnt hold a candle to Fox’s hatred tho … ole Trumpie better transition soon from being a reality TV star where pompous ass behavior is tolerated, even accommodated, to being an employee of the U.S. Government, where his tantrums will not be tolerated … and where he will be held accountable not just by ALL Amercan citizens, but by the press too. If he doesn’t want to support the US Constitution and its First Amendment, he shouldn’t have gone after the job. Time for Donnie to put on his Big Boy pants!

Anonymous

Where was your outrage when Donald PT Barnum Trump suggested to his audience that they could “take care of Hillary, via the Second Amendment; or when he mocked a disabled person; or when for 6 years he tried to undermine the then- current President by telling lies about his place of birth to stir up hatred against him? Karma’s a bitch, ain’t it??? Your selective moral indignaton exposes you for the phony you are.

Melissa Sue

..and your point being that Hillary would have been a better choice to vote for…phfffttttt

Anonymous

Your powers of discernment fail you, M.S., . . . I merely pointed out the selective indignation of Anonymous’ post . . . never said a word about voting for anbody . . . instead, as a typical Trump minion , you ignored the facts, and like Trump, you are incapable of addressing the issues . . . yawn.

Melissa Sue

Beg your pardon… I too.. was trying to respond to anonymous but I think my post didn’t go where I wanted it to go… I was merely pointing out that..in my opinion of course..Chuck Todd is a dink… It seems like he’s a drama queen and likes to say just about anything just to stir up nonsense.

Anonymous

Chuck Todd, Drama King??? Yesterday’s news conference was a near-soliloquy of one seriously deranged, troubled man … who had something akin to an orangey-gold rat’s nest atop his head … couple it with the Russian ties, we probably witnessed America’s 21st century Manchurian candidate in full tirade … or at very minimum, he was attempting to channeling Howard Beall. MAJOR, SPOOKY MELTDOWn, DUDE!!

Ilona Maria Farkas

Trump misstates ‘biggest Electoral College win since Reagan’
“We got 306 because people came out and voted like they’ve never seen before so that’s the way it goes,” Trump said. “I guess it was the biggest Electoral College win since Ronald Reagan,” Trump said.

President Obama won 332 electoral votes in 2012 and 365 in 2008. President Clinton got 379 in 1996 and 370 in 1992. The first President Bush received 426 in 1988.

Anonymous

You talk about hatred, Fox News was Trump’s platform for 6 years while he tried to undermine Obama’s presidency with his BS birther crap, which then spidered into all sorts of alt-fake news websites and broadcasts. You either have Alzheimers, you’re stupid, or a friggin’ hypocrite.

Anonymous

What you see as “venom,” the sane, rational, decent world sees as outcry against hateful lies!

Anonymous

Six years of Fox News offering Dontard a forum with his birther BS lies, and you have the balls to say CNN is hateful? Your arrogance is only surpassed by Old Man Trump himself!

And of course, if you use fact checkers, they’re going to say that Trump lies, because he does!! Go to fact checker sites anywhere in the world (except maybe Russia) and you’ll see the substantiated fact checker sites will all confirm Trump’s mendacity. Oh yeah, you can ask the Swedes too, who themselves are now asking WTF is Dontard talking about re: his accusation about the terrorism that supposedly took place in Sweden last Fridayt . . . of course, Trump himself later admitted that his source was Fox News–an oxymoron if there ever was one! But of course, he took no accountability for his lie. One of these days he’s gonna’ lie about the wrong country, and the defecation gonna’ hit the rotary oscillator, aka, TSGHTF.

Melissa Sue

Umm..hey Chuck Todd..we all here understood President Trump very well and agree with everything he said..what we don’t understand is how come the press repeats the same questions over n over..we don’t trust the press because we are not stupid or ignorant..we see just how the press manipulate stories to be untrue and even unworthy to be even printed..the exact same thing President Trump stated. In my opinion Chuck Todd..you need a different job..nobody wants to watch or listen to your nonsense!

Mudpuppy

I don’t know where “we all here” is but President Trump is over the edge. No, it’s not the press–it’s Trump. Shame on all of you who elected him.

Anonymous

I am very proud of the American people for making the first step in getting career politicians the heck out of government, roll Trump roll

The sky is falling!!

I think we should bully those that disagree with us and we should make up lies about what Trump is doing! Giving a live conference harms our ability to spin. I miss Obama’s purposeful determination to expand our understanding and empathy for the world outside of the U.S. and use our resources to serve them before taking care of our challenges. How arrogant of us! We must not give up or even attempt to understand what Trump is doing. He is out to destroy us by strengthening the economy, eliminating a failing Obama Care, and ensuring laws already on the books are enforced that will keep us safer. Lie on fellow left-wingers! The Hillary shall rise again!

Melissa Sue

It’s the press..some of them take bits n pieces n flip n turn it to make a story

Anonymous

That’s because “he or she or it” represent the 99% majority of those that voted for the Humpty Dumpy Trumpty of any president ever in World History, including grammar school ones. Just wait until his fall and wall (if he pays for it to be built in the first place) both fall.

Anonymous

Thanks for showing normal people how arrogant and ignorant the leftists are that run the democrat party these days.
Now off to the tar pits of history for you, hippie.

Anonymous

Who is “we?” Don’t speak for me, sweetheart. That press conference was all about obfuscation, and nothing more, with wannabe King Donnie playing the victim card while he whined … sure can’t understand why, as throughout his entire campaign he couldn’t say enough good things about leaks … in fact, he reveled in them. But, not at all surprised that you agree with him … afterall, ole Donnie proudly proclaimed that he could shoot someone in broad daylight on NYC’s Fifth Avenue, and he wouldn’t lose a single supporter … rendering your opinion devoI’d of any credibility.

Andre3000

Uh you just read Chuck Todd’s article, so obviously you want to listen to his “nonsense”

Melissa Sue

Umm….no I watched it..Chuck Todd..as always..came on the air immediately after the presidents questions were answered

Anonymous

So, since you qualified that you “watched,” and not “listened” to the press conference, how do you possibly know what was said?

Ilona Maria Farkas

Melissa, you must be demented then too.Trump can’t even lie properly. He is to stupid for that too. If it is not for his ego, then is a fake this, fake that.He had nothing to offer to anyone.You can check, every word of his a nonsense. Google :Narcissist and sociopaths.You will find him there.

Melissa Sue

Awe..sorry he’s not your cup of tea..I hope he does a good job and I believe that he will..time will truly tell!

Anonymous

Do a good job, based on what? His serial bankruptcies, his first 20 days in office, his wantonly ignorant Muslim ban, the gang-that-couldn’t-straight yahoo staff, e.g., Michael Flynn, that he selected, the wall that Mexico IS NOT going to pay for, the ignorance of not knowing if a “strong dollar”or a”weak dollar,” is good for the American economy … Proust wrote: “Past is prologue.” Fasten your seatbelts, it’s gonna’be one long bi*ch of a ride!

Good thing ole Donnie was a Trust Fund Baby; otherwise, he’d have starved to death.

Melissa Sue

In my opinion Trump was smart for the ban..homeland security needs to know who’s in our country to start with and what ties folks trying to come into the country have or has..Trump speaks plain and clear and answered the media’s questions several times because they didn’t listen the first time he answered. .or the second..or third. He’s got a mess on his hands that’s for sure but @ least he is truly trying to address serious issues that have been neglected..the media that lies or manipulates the truth is the real injustice. .maybe President Trump instead of repeating himself over and over ..should just point blank tell the media that he has already answered the question..and move on..if they can’t figure it out.

Anonymous

The ban was unConstitutional . . . how was that good? Or smart? There are other ways to know who is in your country without banning other countries citizens, including refugees, who have been fully vetted. Why do I not hear any concern about our own home-grown terrorism . . . people being shot and murdered while at the the movies . . . first-graders going to school and being murdered along with their teachers . . . or Glen Crawford of Schenectady, NY who was convicted of attempting to build a mobile x-ray gun with the intent of mass killing Muslim-Americans killings . . . or Robert Doggart of Tennessee convicted of an attempted mass murder plot against upstate Muslim-American New Yorkers . . . or the idiot in Tucson who tried to murder democracy,by shooting a congresswoman and her constituents, including children . . go a little farther north to Canada, and not a single word from the White House about Alexandre Bissonnette and his Quebec City mosque shoot out, killing several people as they prayed . . . where’s the worry, concern, and outrage? No, the only time there’s any outrage from Trump is if it’s about people of color, or Muslims or both.

If the ban made so much sense, then why not ban Saudi Arabia too, where so many of the 9/11 hijackers emigrated from . . . no, the ban is only in countries where Trump Industries does no business. The ban was a farce, as are the people who drafted and signed it. All Trump did with his ban was to make it easier for ISIS to recruit . . . including American citizens. The biggest mess on his hands is that of his own creation.

Who are these media that lie . . . those who press Trump to answer their question . . . I viewed the press conference too . . . Trump refused to give a definitive answer re: Russia . . . yeah, he’s so busy trying to address serious issues, he chats about them on the patio at Mira Lago within earshot of the public . . . or uses his POTUS Twitter account to damn Nordstroms for dropping his multi-millionaire daughter’s clothing line . . . hey,, Nordstroms is in business to make a profit–do you really think it would have dropped his daughter’s clothing line if it was still profitable . . . no, he refuses to take responsibility or be accountable for his actions.

All Donnie has to do is to keep the fear alive, continue to tear down America with his lying, divisive rhetoric, and he’ll continue to have his free pass to sell us out to Russia.

Anonymous

It wasn’t “unconstitutional”. The 9th circuit didn’t make a decision, they simply passed the buck. The problem is that the court required an attack on US soil for the ban to be regarded as necessary. However, the lawyers failed to mention the 2 Iraqi terrorists who were properly vetted by our immigration system, and were caught in Bowling Green Kentucky. They did not mention that in many cases, the UN and not the USA does the vetting. They did not mention that the nations on the list are either broken systems or undergoing civil wars, such as Syria – and Assaad stated that terrorists could come through the line with refugees as his government had lost control over it.

Saudi Arabia isn’t on the list because its government is not undergoing a civil war. Its citizens have birth records or state identification cards, unlike the governments on the list.

Russia doesn’t threaten our national security. It is no longer “the Soviet Union”. Putin only threatens the stability of the European Union. But with Trump, the USA also threatens the stability of the European Union. Both Putin and Trump want individual nation states, and are anti-New World Order (a product of the Elder Bush Administration). T

Anonymous

If Russia doesn’t threaten our national security, why did it, according to 17 independent U.S. intelligence agencies, interfere with the 2016 Presidential election.

If all Muslims are to be viewed as a threat, or violent towards the U.S., then we must view all the Christian-hating Muslims as a threat as well, and hold all Christians accountable for their violence; particularly so-called Christian Americans who who plot violence against Muslim-Americans, and other Muslims who have legally come to America.

The ban is unConstiutional because you cannot discriminate by national origin who gets to come into this country. Nor can this country give preference to one religion over another. Trump himself, said it was a Muslim ban, and that Christians refugees should be given priority over Muslim refugees. However, some of the refugees that were turned away the first week of Trump’s ban, as well as some of the immigrants turned away at American airports, had applied for visas 10-15 years ago. Their birth certificates and other documentation were provided many years ago. The UN may do initial vetting when it comes to refugees, but the U.S. always does its own very thorough vetting as well. The Saudis had control over its government when its terrorists descended upon the U.S. They weren’t at war. What protection were their “legitimate” birth certificates to the folks who died on 9/11?

Kat

He clearly said he had 2 phone calls with Putin otherwise he has no contact with Russia. Watch it again, you missed him clearly answer the questions on Russia.. Plain and simple he answered he spoke with Putin twice, one time after he won the Presidency and the 2nd time after the inauguration. He also stated he has no reason to contact Russia. Simple, how the hell did you not hear his answer??? Put on closed caption if you can’t hear , read his answers. That’s whats wrong with this country, noone listens to the answers he gives. Short and to the point. Nothing more or less. smh.

Melissa Sue

Kat..absolutely he answered the questions..over n over..I don’t get why others don’t hear him either..nice post!

Anonymous

snowflake, are you melting that the corrupt, congenital liar of the serial rapist bill clinton didn’t win?

Anonymous

Ahhh, Anonymous @ 11:14 pm. WTF century are you in . . . Bubba ran in ’92 and ’96!!!

As far as serial rapist, no, I didn’t vote for Donnie.

Anonymous

With so much at stake, the U.S. doesn’t have the luxury of time. The damage he’s done in less that 30 days is terrifying. Trump’s a mere apprentice at government, and the Presidency is not the place for an apprentice

Kat

The damage he has done? Obama is the one that put this immigration law into affect. Trump is following it through even though Obama deported the most out of any President. Facts look them up. The Stock market is doing very well the only ones trying to hurt the economy is people that want to take off work to march in protest of a President who is removing undocumented immigrants who have felonies from America. Its very simple to understand. If they were legal citizens, like myself, they would be charged with crimes and sent to jail or whatever sentenced was given. WTF color of the sky is in your world. There is no more freebies and hiding for illegal immigrants to take, the USA has laws and if you break them you get deported. Keep it simple, you are trying way to hard to find something that isn’t there. Read about the policies already put into action by Obama that Trump is following. lol wow never realized how people can just make crap up and believe it when the facts are right in front of them. Keep trying.

Anonymous

Another ignorant, malicious lie from a Trumpster. Obama put no such Executive Order in place. When will Trump and his minions ever demonstrate an ounce of veracity and accountability?? Obama said these particular countries needed greater scrutiny, and set up a system to do so. Immigration from these 7 countries NEVER stopped during Obama’s administration. If I’m wrong, name me the Executive Order, or any law that Obama sponsored as President, that issued a ban on people coming to America that applied to these 7 countries. Obama’s a Constutional lawyer, he knows the law. Just because Trump doesn’t know the Constitution don’t assume all Presidents are as stupid and lazy as him.

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