Highlights from the Donald Trump Press Conference
Lie number one, from Sean Spicer.
Spicer disowns Carter Page: "Carter Page is an individual who the president elect does not know & was put on notice months ago by the camp."— Abby D. Phillip (@abbydphillip) January 11, 2017
An illustration of the Trump campaign’s hypocrisy.
After touting Wikileaks 164x in Oct alone & urging people to read it, Trump team VERY upset about outlets running w/ unsubstantiated reports— igorvolsky (@igorvolsky) January 11, 2017
Trump concedes Russia hacked the DNC, but also dismisses it as no big deal. He flatters Putin. “We have much hacking going on.” Says DNC was “totally open to being hacked.” He mostly dodges questions on how it will color his relationship with Putin. “If Putin likes Donald Trump, that’s an asset.”
He obnoxiously continues to re-litigate the campaign against Hillary rather than answer questions.
Trump says he turned down a $2 billion deal over the weekend in Dubai, but says he could have taken it, and re-emphasized that he has a “no-conflict deal,” and could — if he wanted — continue to run the Trump organization while he’s president.
Trump wants *credit* for turning down a $2 billion foreign bribe???— David Frum (@davidfrum) January 11, 2017
Again, says he won’t release his tax returns because the American public doesn’t care about them, and they are still under audit. “I don’t need to release them because I won.”
An lawyer then comes in to explain that he’s handed complete control of his company over to his sons. He wants to “assure the American people” that he won’t make any decisions about his company that will conflict with his Presidency. Then his lawyer goes on at length about how Trump is not under any obligation to separate himself from conflicts. He will maintain ownership of his company.
This is total bullshit.
His business assets will be put into a trust. No new foreign deals will be made. Domestic deals will be allowed but will go through “vetting process.” He will get an expert who is “recognized as an expert in the world of experts.” That is the most Bob Loblaw statement ever.
So, Trump will still own his companies, which are receiving payments from foreign governments, which is a violation of the Constitution.— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) January 11, 2017
He won’t divest because, his attorney says, it’s too hard, and because it won’t matter because conflicts will still exist.
On “Emoluments clause,” his law firm says that he’s not in violation, so he’s not in violation. THERE. It’s true because his firm said it! Just to prove it, he’s going to donate any profits his hotel receives from foreign governments to the U.S. Treasury.
Before it gets deleted, the law firm representing Donald Trump during his "press conference" earlier. pic.twitter.com/jhhOIWybJk— Gabe Ortíz (@TUSK81) January 11, 2017
Trump lawyer: "He is going to voluntarily donate all profits from foreign government payments made to his hotels to the U.S. Treasury."— Abby D. Phillip (@abbydphillip) January 11, 2017
Who's gonna track the donation thing? And how?— Kai Ryssdal (@kairyssdal) January 11, 2017
Ethics lawyer I went over Trump plan with just now literally laughed out loud. No divestment, no blind trust, ongoing constitutional issues.— Benjy Sarlin (@BenjySarlin) January 11, 2017
On Obamacare: “You’re going to be very proud of what we put forth on health care.” Craps all over Obamacare some more. Says he’ll be submitting a plan when his Health and Human Services Secretary is confirmed. He will repeal and replace on the same day. He doesn’t provide any details whatsoever, except to say it’s “less expensive and better.” Says he’s doing a service to the Dems by repealing Obamacare rather than letting them hang on it.
On the Wall: He insists it’s going to happen. Will get the money from Congress, and he’ll get Mexico to pay for it later “in some form.” “That will happen, whether it’s a tax or a payment. It will happen.”
On the Supreme Court nomination: He’s got a list, and he’ll make a decision within two weeks of his inauguration.
Says that Buzzfeed will suffer the consequences for publishing the intelligence report, calls them a “fake piece of garbage.” He refuses to take a question from CNN, calling them “fake news.” He says he’s seen people destroyed by “fake news” and that it’s very unfair (Hillary Clinton is somewhere nodding her head).
It is worth noting here that was CNN published was all verified. Trump is trying to lump CNN’s original report — which was reported, in part, by CARL FUCKING BERNSTEIN — with Buzzfeed’s decision to report the dossier. Should Buzzfeed have reported on the dossier? Probably not, but it’s the first time anyone has given this issue the attention it deserves.
THIS IS NOT NORMAL— Jill Pantozzi ♿ (@JillPantozzi) January 11, 2017
THIS IS NOT NORMAL
THIS IS NOT NORMAL
THIS IS NOT NORMAL https://t.co/1sAIMXqAet
He says his intelligence agency will investigate the Russian hack, but “more importantly,” other hacks, and will come up with a report on how to stop hacking. Consistently downplays Russian hacks and says other countries are just as or more dangerous.
Asked whether he or anyone else in his campaign had contacts with Russian before or during the campaign, he doesn’t answer the question and ultimately ends the news conference.
Again, Donald Trump ignored the question about contacts with Russia and ended the press conference before another reporter could follow up.