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WATCH: President-elect Trump Holds Press Conference

WATCH: President-elect Trump Holds Press Conference

Spicer calls Buzzfeed and CNN irresponsible out of the gate

One thing is for sure — there’s never a dull moment in anything involving President-elect Trump. The same was true of today’s press conference.

Trump team communications head Sean Spicer began the press conference by lambasting Buzzfeed and CNN for running with a ridiculous and unsubstantiated intelligence report, which was likely designed as Russian misinformation.

Full press conference here:

We’ve broken the press conference down into a few key moments:

How will the Trump family handle their business interests?

Trump vaguely referenced some of the seedier bits of the so-called Russian intelligence report (read: Golden Showers) by claiming to be a germaphobe:

Trump vs. Buzzfeed:

Trump called Buzzfeed a “failing pile of garbage”.

Trump vs. CNN:

Trump refused to take questions from CNN reporter, Jim Acosta, saying, “you are fake news.”

And CNN is NOT happy:

Freedom of Press. What does it mean?

Trump also claims repeal and replacement of Obamacare will be simultaneous

Trump claims transition from Obamacare will be simultaneous

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The lights are on, and somebody is home. This is refreshing.

Like a boss.
And CNN is going through some serious butt-hurt after that public thrashing. I smiled so hard I think my face cracked.

Trump to CNN: your organization is fake news!

Hahaha haahahaha…sir…sir…sir…please may I ask a question sir.

Best Presser Ever!!!!

That’s about as fair, complete, and through a treatment of the Russian stuff (much more than ONE thing) as I’ve seen.

    Except the part about 4ch having made it all up. That’s conspicuously absent.

    Ah how the mighty have fallen.

      “Except the part about 4ch having made it all up.”

      And based on their history, what makes you think either NRO or Rags would care?

      Milhouse in reply to JBourque. | January 11, 2017 at 5:29 pm

      That’s because it’s not true that 4chan made it all up. as far as I know nobody is even alleging that. There is an unverified claim that one episode was invented by someone on 4chan. You have no way of knowing whether even that is true, but you certainly have no right to make up a deliberate lie that 4chan made it all up. Let’s be very clear, that is your lie, and even if by some strange chance it turns out to accidentally be true it will still be your lie, because you have no way of knowing it to be true.

        Milhouse in reply to Milhouse. | January 12, 2017 at 5:06 pm

        and I see that the usual brigade who up-ding anything I write that happens to conform with their prejudices are just as eager to down-ding anything that doesn’t, regardless of its truth. These Trumpalos don’t give a d*mn about the truth, or decency, or the constitution, or any value at all. They make up the most outrageous lies, and if you point it out they turn on you. and yet they’re full of outrage when leftists do the same thing to them. In other words they behave exactly like typical Democrats, because they’re no better than Democrats. Feh, they are disgusting.

        and no, I’m not going to stop agreeing with Trump when he happens to be right, just because it these disgusting people decide to up-ding those comments. My comments stand on their own, and they always tell the truth, no matter whose ox is gored. When Trump has been treated unfairly, I will say so, and when he treats others unfairly I’ll say so too. Because truth is all that matters.

    “That’s about as fair,…”

    LOL, right, the NRO, “fair to Trump”, the people that brought us their signature issue, against Trump. The kooky nuts at NRO don’t care about fairness, the are happy to spread the propaganda as far and wide as possible.

    Just like you, content to spread any lie. And call it “fair”.

On MSNBC, Norm Eisen just let slip the Dem’s next anti-Trump move: They are going to use democrat State Attorney Generals (New York, Massachusetts) to almost immediately begin state based investigations and hopefully (for them) prosecutions of Trump for supposed violations of the Emoluments clause.

So that’s what is coming next.

Winning or losing won’t be the goal; creating a huge stinkstorm that hangs in the air will be the goal.

    Milhouse in reply to Tom Servo. | January 11, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    1. The clause doesn’t apply to the president. It applies only officers of the united states, and that term means people who are appointed by the president. Elected officials are not covered. George Washington set the precedent by openly accepting presents from France without asking Congress for permission, and nobody protested because everyone understood that this did not violate the clause.

    2. Even if it did apply to the president, I don’t see how state authorities could possibly have the power to prosecute it.

    3. as the woman said at the conference, the clause doesn’t cover market rate transactions from which the officer makes no more than the normal amount he’d make from anyone.

    4. Trump said he’d donate anything he got from such transactions.

    So what exactly is there for them to prosecute?

      userpen in reply to Milhouse. | January 11, 2017 at 1:11 pm

      “So what exactly is there for them to prosecute?”

      Umm, nothing?

        Tom Servo in reply to userpen. | January 11, 2017 at 1:45 pm

        I find it notable that the SAG’s who are supposed to be leading this are the sames ones who are now under fire for starting the now-collapsing Exxon Climate-Change investigations.

        New York AG Schneiderman in particular will do anything for a headline; he has a lot in common with one of his predecessors, Eliot Spitzer.

    Very simple solution: put the justice department to investigating on Clinton, Reid, Obama, Schumer, Pelosi, Feinstein, Soros, etc etc etc. – and they’ll find more corruption and lawlessness than even conservatives can imagine.

    The democrats are a fake party – expose them.

National review did a good job, except their slip showed in the last paragraph. They posed questions in order to make Trump look questionable. The fact that Trump respects Russia is good. It is about time someone in charge thought Russia worthy of paying attention. Respect is not a word only used for allies, it is also used to acknowledge the seriousness of an enemy and the reality that exists… One of Tillerson statements said as much. Reality not utopia must be what leaders use for decision making.

4 years of this is going to be so much fun!

I truly begin to understand getting ‘tired of all the winning!’.


Under Secretary for Health at the VA (and Obama appointee) David Shulkin…

ANOTHER stinking, rotten pick.

WTF is T-rump even thinking…???

    Re: David Shulkin

    I’m rather disappointed with this one too.

    I’ve had personal One-on-One meetings with the VISN Directors for Region 17 (Texas) and Region 22 (New Mexico to California) and both of them indicated that the problems that my clients were having in getting their medical care in a timely fashion were a direct result of the “gatekeeper” approach that VA has put into place.

    The Directors were able to help my individual Veteran client by cutting through the red-tape for that one person on a particular issue, but I asked what the hold up was for ALL of the Veterans in a particular group that were having issues with delays in their Medical care, because there were hundreds of them having the exact same problem as my specific client.

    VA has made it so that in order to see a specialist, the Veteran must first go through their primary-care physician, get a referral and THEN get into a waiting line to see the specialist approved by the VA for that specialty. Most of my clients that have been complaining are indicating that it’s taking MONTHS for them to be able to get a 5-minute appointment with their Primary Care physician in order to get that referral, then they go to the specialist who tells them that they need to see a SEPARATE specialist to deal with a separate issue before the first specialist can operate, which necessitates ANOTHER several months wait for the primary care physician to issue another “specialist” referral.

    I asked “What will it take to get resources moved to HERE (pointing at the gatekeeper part of the organizational diagram)?” They said “Different leadership at VA or an act of Congress.”

    The whole system is based on the fact that there are not enough “primary” physicians in the network to accommodate the simple, stupid day-to-day stuff, and that the system isn’t designed to move resources from the bloated areas that have no work to the bottle-necked areas that are buried.

    David Shulkin isn’t going to fix that. I was truly hoping for someone with a business or manufacturing background that understands prompt and efficient production / service (something like “The Toyota Way” or “Six-Sigma” processes).


thalesofmiletus | January 11, 2017 at 2:20 pm

Groups that are more likely than Putin and the KGB to be secretly backing Donald Trump:

5. Canada
4. China
3. The Italian mafia
2. Israeli intelligence
1. The American people

Best. Press. Conference. Ever.

    Ragspierre in reply to Leslie Eastman. | January 11, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    Obama’s White House, 2009: ‘Don’t Pretend’ Fox News Is a ‘Legitimate News Organization’

    So you were hopping up and down over that, too…???

      Blind and deranged people cannot see the difference.

      Milhouse in reply to Ragspierre. | January 12, 2017 at 4:57 pm

      FOX hadn’t just published a garbage story like that. If it had, 0bama would have been right to give it the treatment.

      Press conferences are held by the government’s courtesy; nobody has a right to attend such a conference, or to occupy the president’s time with uestions. The government owes these people no special deference just because they happen to own presses. Owning a press does not give you special rights or a special role, any more than owning a gun does, or being religious. It just means you happen to be exercising one of the rights that everyone has.

    Absolutely Correct Leslie!

    I’m looking forward to the next one.

    I have to agree, Ms. Eastman. I’m still not a huge fan of our President-elect, but the fact that he p*sses off the right people is endearing him to me more and more.

LA Times: Maybe we shouldn’t have reported the #GoldenShower hoax. MEA CULPA. MEA CULPA. MEA MAXIMA CULPA.

People are obviously confused about the 1st Amendment. The freedom of the press clause merely protects the press from being directly controlled by the government. It does not require the government to assist the press in the performance of its duty to INFORM the public. So, if the President of the United States decides not to take a question from a particular reporter of news agency, there is nothing wrong with that. The reporter, or agency, will simply have to find other sources for their information. Of course, the reporter is also responsible for verifying the information and presenting it completely and accurately.

    Bob00 in reply to Mac45. | January 11, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    Why ask questions? They make that crap up anyway.

    Milhouse in reply to Mac45. | January 11, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    The freedom of the press has nothing to do with journalists or newspapers. They have neither any duty to the public nor any special privilege or freedom. In fact there is no such thing as a “freedom of the press” as such; it’s the freedom of speech and of the press, and it belongs eually to everybody. all it means is that everybody has the right to say or print what they like. Just as the “freedom of speech” doesn’t create some privileged cadre called “the speech”, and give them some kind of duty, neither does “and of the press” create a similar cadre called “the press”.

President Trump should have had the cnn press passes pulled for a month for the crap they pushed. Then we won’t even have to listen to their lizards shouting sir, sir, sir.

    tom swift in reply to 4fun. | January 11, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    NoNoNo! That’s a landmine Trump avoided.

    He’s not trying to delegitimize CNN; CNN can do that all by itself. He’s telling a specific reporter that he won’t put up with the usual cheap “gotcha” game.

    This is a double base hit for Donald.

    He comes across as a serious man starting a serious job, one who won’t waste time playing footsie with a flock of turkeys.

    And it leaves individual reporters a path to become players in the game; all they have to do is stop asking silly-ass questions. The attack was on the reporter because he was playing the CNN game, but he has no control over CNN; he does have control over himself. The choice is his. And that’s the vital part of Trump’s tactic here; CNN as an institution isn’t trainable, but an individual reporter may be. Other reporters witnessing it might learn a lesson too, even if their employers won’t.

    We’ve had other Presidents who were the targets of constant attacks from reporters right from day one. This one bites back, and the sooner they learn that, the better for Trump and for them. Oh, there will be editorials a-plenty moaning about Trump’s crudity and use of vocabulary which, we’re told, lacks “Presidential” gravitas; but Trump’s not doing it because he’s a barbarian, he’s doing it because otherwise they’ll clobber him like they did George W. We’re so accustomed to the way thugs like Obama handled minor adversities that we sometimes can’t believe a display of skill even when we witness it.

Unexpectedly, Trump showed more grace and patience than I would have (and I’m a pretty patient guy). After the fifth shout-out by the CNN guy after he had been told to drop it, I’d have ordered him removed from the room for being rude and disrupting.

Anyone know who the female reporter was Acosta kept talking over when she was given a question? Curious, the left should be offended mightily when a white male asserts his privilege like that.