It has only been four weeks and President Donald Trump’s White House is already in chaos.
Various blocs of his administration are busy fighting among themselves, his top national security adviser abruptly stepped down over allegations that he discussed change in sanctions with Russian ambassador when former President Barack Obama was still in office, and the court blocked his Islamophobic executive order restricting travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States.
Then, to make things even more complicated — and to be honest, worrisome — The New York Times published a bombshell report claiming the president’s closest advisers and associates were in constant touch with Russian intelligence officials during the contentious 2016 presidential campaign.
It is certainly a lot to deal with.
Therefore, Trump decided to hold his first solo press conference to absolve himself and his administration of any wrongdoing and (as has become routine with this government) hold media responsible for everything that has gone wrong.
However, the freewheeling anti-press conference turned out to be a mess of incoherent ramblings and unhinged rants.
The commander-in-chief was clearly not ready to face the press, but he did it anyway, blessing the world with some of the most reality-challenged statements ever uttered in the White House.
For instance, he refuted the reports of chaos in the West Wing by telling reporters, “I turn on TV, open the newspapers and I see stories of chaos — chaos — yet it is the exact opposite. This administration is running like a fine-tuned machine,” and then confirmed the authenticity of the leaks that lead to Michael Flynn's resignation by saying, “The leaks are absolutely real. The news is fake, because so much of the news is fake.”
What does that even mean?
He also characterized the rollout of his controversial travel ban as “smooth,” called Russia “fake news” that is “put out by the media,” compared the price of drugs to that of candy bars and explained uranium in the way that made elementary school science teachers everywhere sigh in disbelief.
“We had Hillary Clinton give Russia 20 percent of the uranium in our country,” Trump said. “You know what uranium is, right? This thing called nuclear weapons, and other things. Like, lots of things are done with uranium, including some bad things. Nobody talks about that.”
Well, at least he has finally discovered uranium’s existence and purpose, considering he has access to nuclear codes and stuff.
It is obvious what Trump was trying to do with this sudden and deranged news conference.
He was trying to paint a picture of success and control — both of which he does not have.
The Trump administration is in turmoil and the president yelling “fake news” every time a reporter so much as tries to bring up one of the many scandals plaguing the government is not going to solve anything.
Similarly, the mogul’s self-proclaimed war against media only spells disaster.
“Many of our nation’s reporters and folks will not tell you the truth and will not treat the wonderful people of our country with the respect that we deserve,” the former reality TV star said in his opening statement. “Unfortunately, much of the media in Washington, D.C., 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 obviously broken system.”
So, should journalists stop questioning the White House on matters that concern the national security, like the Flynn controversy, or should they just learn to accept the “alternative facts” Trump and his team has been spewing since day one?
“I'm not ranting and raving. I'm just telling you you're dishonest people,” he told the reporters at one point, after growing tired of all the tough questions and proclaiming, “I want to find a friendly reporter.”
No one talks like that, not the president of the United States, at the very least.
This combative press conference, which some might even classify as crazy, proved once again that Donald Trump is not fit to hold the highest office in the country.
He is not ready to be the leader of the free world and he is certainly not competent enough to lead in any sort of crisis.
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