Trump’s First Press Conference

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You have to say he is not afraid to take on the heavy mob. A very direct attack on Big Pharma and consumer drug costs – a US version of Pharmac? A very direct attack on the armaments industry’s star program the F-35 fighter-bomber and its cost overruns. Then there is the intelligence community and the mainstream news media. The transcript is here. Another one not to be underestimated I think.

41 comments on “Trump’s First Press Conference”

  1. Sabine 1

    t’was a tremendous spectacle.

  2. AmaKiwi 2

    Rule #1 – Never believe anything Trump says.

    • AmaKiwi 2.1

      Point of Information:

      If claims the Russians have blackmail material on ANYONE in the US government, that person is immediately isolated and not allowed access to ANY sensitive information. It was standard operating procedure for anyone SUSPECTED of being gay.

      Henceforth I shall refer to him as Agent Trump.

  3. Sanctuary 3

    As an American commentator said – Trump won because enough Americans believed the 80% of crazy shit he does will be made up for by the 20% of stuff that actually achieves something.

    So, he attacks the military industrial complex and big pharma. The GOP congress must be getting those phone calls from the lobbyists and funders as we speak…

    • BM 3.1

      So, he attacks the military industrial complex and big pharma. The GOP congress must be getting those phone calls from the lobbyists and funders as we speak…

      He’s going to thin out the competition, be interesting to see what companies get scapegoated and which ones get promoted.

      I’d say there will be some serious money-making opportunities to be had for the more savvy investor in the next couple of years.

      • Clump_AKA Sam 3.1.1

        He’s also added a trillion to stocks so any correction will be muted

      • Macro 3.1.2

        I’d say there will be some serious money-making opportunities to be had for the more savvy investor his mates in the next couple of years.

    • Stunned Mullet 3.2

      It’s too much like a Southpark episode.

  4. Ad 4

    A press conference is neither an appropriation, a legislation, or a policy.

    Hold the praise and pass the popcorn.

  5. adam 5

    How ever will the sycophants survive the weekend? Let alone the 8 days till their demagogue will be the real bull?

    Love all the distractions he puts out, no real substance. But, some people seem to buy any old rubbish these days.

  6. Anno1701 6


  7. red-blooded 7

    Typical Trump-speak: rambling, self-aggrandising and self-contradictory. Notice that he now says he thinks the hacking was done by Russia. “As far as hacking, I think it was Russia.” He doesn’t allege a leak from inside the Democrats, he just says he thinks the Republicans has better cyber-security. “I think, frankly, had they broken into the Republican National Committee, I think they would’ve released it just like they did about Hillary and all of the horrible things that her people, like Mr. Podesta, said about her. I mean what he said about her was horrible.” (Like Trump didn’t say plenty of “horrible” things about Clinton!)

    He also says that he accepts that Putin was trying to help him win, and “If Putin likes Donald Trump, guess what, folks? That’s called an asset, not a liability.
    Now, I don’t know that I’m gonna get along with Vladimir Putin. I hope I do. But there’s a good chance I won’t. And if I don’t, do you honestly believe that Hillary would be tougher on Putin than me? Does anybody in this room really believe that? Give me a break.” (So, maybe he’ll get along better with Putin, maybe he’ll get along worse, but either way that’s better than Clinton, because if it’s better, then it’s better and if it’s worse, then it’s even worse and that means he’s better at getting along worse… REALLY?)

    Then, just after saying that he believes Russia hacked the Dems and Putin wanted him to win, he says, “Well, you know, President Putin and Russia put out a statement today that this fake news was indeed fake news. They said it totally never happened.
    Now, somebody would say, “Oh, of course he’s gonna say that.”
    I respected the fact that he said that.
    And I — I’ll be honest, I think if he did have something, they would’ve released it; they would’ve been glad to release it.” Huh? So, does he believe Russia did the hacking or does he believe it’s “fake news”? And does he really believe that Putin would have been glad to have released details about Russia’s hacking into a US political party? What sort of idiocy is this?

    • Stunned Mullet 7.1

      “What sort of idiocy is this?”

      Extra special Trump flavour idiocy…nom nom nom, can I have a side order of Assad affirmation with that….nom nom nom.

      • Clump_AKA Sam 7.1.1

        Let’s summarise Red blood. I went through the process that is expected of every presidential candidate in US history that wants a job. I found some voters that where interested. I made a campaign CV and applied. Went through an interview process and got offers. I found some smart people interested in joining my campaign. Then I choose a team from interested applicants that I wanted. Conclusion? If you want a job, find something you’re interested in. Apply/interview/get offers, accept the ones you want, accept the ones most preferable to you.

        This isn’t a chimp congratulating another chimp for finding banana. Peeling the skin and eating it. Totally ridiculous.

        Well done you’ve discovered bananas, how to eat bananas and then ate it. What do you want? A pat on the head?

        • BM

          More stoner rambling.

          • Clump_AKA Sam

            Just take a sec and reread what you’ve written. If it still makes sense after a few. Then press send

        • red-blooded

          Clump, you haven’t addressed a single point I made. Am I being too kind in assuming you understood my comment?

          • Clump_AKA Sam

            So do you want me to see if I can ask a mod to take it down? Or something else. We don’t have to rehash it. Got any suggestions, telling off maybe, serious question

            • billmurray

              Clump_AKA SAM,
              yes I have a suggestion.
              Stay as you are, it’s your comment and to your credit you are not a member of the wild dog set which roam our fields.

              • Clump_AKA Sam

                Thanks Bill. It’s not a fun community tearing down all the time. Plenty of space out there on the net for that. If I’m able to or am directed toward a ligit concern I’m all for dialogue. Flaming out with a ban hammer isn’t high on my list of things to do. I’m actually surprised the mods haven’t issued me one. I only came over here because peeps where complaining about ban hammers so I wondered over to see what the fus was about. It’s been a bit of a ride.

                I’m still waiting for a reply Red Blood. That’s if I didn’t piss you off to much

                • red-blooded

                  Clump , it’s not so much that I’m pissed off, it’s just that there’s no train of thought being explored here. What’s the connection between my comment and your response? You say you want to explore “legit concerns”. Fine, so do I. I made a comment about some legit concerns, and you replied with a ramble about interviews, chimps and bananas. I’m happy to explore analogies or metaphors, but your little tales had no bearing at all on the comments I had made about the inconsistencies and self-aggrandisement in Trump’s speech.

                  My focus was on his comments about the hacks and his relationship with Putin. What was the focus of your reply, and how the heck did it relate to my comment..?

                  • Clump_AKA Sam

                    1. Checking for substantiative or procedural knowledge is my style, 2) Co dependency can be a ball and chain sometimes so, 3) I believe in debates there must be blood. 4) But if no one wants to play I’m happy to be called out on it.

                    5. Another thing. I’m out not one to go after soft replies. See #3

  8. Sabine 8

    well at least he did not try to peddle his ‘memorabilia’


  9. joe90 9

    All together now kids, a big clap for Donny.

    For the record, the clapping is coming all from staff – not journalists.— Julie Pace (@jpaceDC) January 11, 2017

    For every applauding staffer you hear at this press conference, a member of the press was told there was no room for them to attend.— Rebecca Sinderbrand (@sinderbrand) January 11, 2017

    • Andre 9.1

      Do the staffers all have small hands too?

      • joe90 9.1.1

        Dunno about the handies but they’ll certainly need yuuge lips and things to comply with the arse kissing clause.

        As Mr Trump likened the leaks to the kind of things that happened in Nazi Germany and detailed his plans for his corporate empire, a coterie of Trump business loyalists gathered by the elevator bank in the tower lobby to urge him on.

        The Trump employees laughed at his jokes and shouted out supportive answers to his rhetorical questions. One even took it upon himself to look over a reporter’s shoulder and ask if he intended to publish the words written on his notepad. When Mr Trump was finished, his acolytes pronounced his performance a resounding success.

    • joe90 9.2

      They’re taking the piss.

      The idea that 1000s of documents are stored in unmarked folders is hilarious. Like how do they find one they need? Look through all of them?— Guy Endore-Kaiser (@GuyEndoreKaiser) January 11, 2017

      The pages are blank.— Mikey Neumann (@mikeyface) January 12, 2017

    • billmurray 9.3

      joe 90, “Donny”?
      if you don’t mind and for the future, Mr Trump, Sir or the Don.
      You have been advised. Bigly.

  10. HDCAFriendlyTroll 10

    Huh? So what’s happened to my bestie CV? I’d thought he’d be all over this like a bee to honey.

  11. Macro 11

    Trump Makes the Darkness Go Away

    After taking credit for a new car factory which had been planned for years, Donald Trump has also insisted that a strongly-worded midnight tweet complaining about the dark was responsible for the sun coming up this morning.

    The tweet, which was sent last night, read “World all dark now! Terrible!”

    Mere hours after this, the sun rose again, making Trump’s supporters jubilant.

    “Not even President yet, and he’s already brought forth a giant glowing ball in the East!” said one, adding “He’s done more to end night-time than Obama did in eight years!”

    Cynics pointing out that the sun was likely to come up anyway have been met with derision and called “typical liberal intellectuals” or “Hollywood elite”.

  12. keepcalmcarryon 12

    “Another one not to be underestimated I think”

    I believe the correct term is “misunderestimated”

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