jueves, 16 de febrero de 2017

Trump unleashes fury after four long weeks

‘I won,’ Trump said, unloading on the media during an extraordinary news conference. ‘The people get it.’

After stewing in anger during four rocky weeks in the White House, President Donald Trump had his say Thursday.

He spent 80 minutes in an impromptu East Room news conference shredding his critics, relitigating the election, bragging about his crowds, crowing about his accomplishments and denying, deflecting and obfuscating a series of mushrooming bad stories that have dogged his presidency and depressed his approval ratings.

It was an extraordinary scene in the White House, which Trump essentially turned into a venue for a campaign rally, trashed the country's most influential news outlets, cited approval polls and spread misinformation. It came two days before Trump will hit the road for a campaign rally in Florida, where he said the crowds would be "massive."

"I won," Trump said at one point, explaining to the news media why they weren't important even as he dissected their coverage and said he coveted better stories. "The people get it."

He put blame at the feet of his predecessor, Barack Obama, as he lamented that his administration doesn’t get the credit it deserves. “To be honest, I inherited a mess. It’s a mess. At home and abroad, a mess,” he said.

Trump said he was baffled by the “hatred” coming from the media, and insisted that he’s being unfairly picked on — “I’m really not a bad person, by the way.”

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