WTF Just Happened? The Most Important Things You Need to Know From Trump's 'Batsh*t' Press Conference

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 16:  U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference announcing Alexander Acosta as the new Labor Secretary nominee in the East Room at the White House on February 16, 2017 in Washington, DC. The announcement comes a day after Andrew Puzder withdrew his nomination.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

WTF Just Happened? The Most Important Things You Need to Know From Trump's 'Batsh*t' Press Conference

The president spent over an hour deflecting and distracting from the truth.

Published February 16, 2017

On Thursday, President Trump called an impromptu press conference in order to address the allegations surrounding General Michael Flynn and his conversations with Russian officials. Trump also announced that the new Secretary of Labor nominee is Alex Acosta. 

Trump's announcement about Acosta was the last reasonable moment of the press conference, which lasted over an hour. 

Here's all the unfathomable and uncomfortable moments that went down during the press conference. 

  1. President Trump: 'Russia is fake news'

    When asked about Russia, the permanent elephant in the room, the president claimed that all reporting on his relationship with Russia is a rouse. Although Mike Flynn resigned for not being forthright about his conversations with a Russian ambassador, Trump remains adamant that Flynn did nothing wrong and there's nothing to talk about when it comes to Russia. 

    "Speaking for myself, I own nothing in Russia. I have no loans in Russia. I don’t have any deals in Russia. President Putin called me up very nicely to congratulate me on the win of the election. He then called me up extremely nicely to congratulate me on the inauguration, which was terrific. Russia is fake news. Russia — this is fake news put out by the media." 

  2. Trump also said that he inherited a disaster

    According to Donald Trump, the last eight years have not resulted in a historically low crime rate, high consumer confidence rate, or a low unemployment rate. During the press conference, he said that when he came into office, the country was a disaster.

    That's simply not true. 

  3. Trump lies about his electoral college win

    It would not be a Trump press conference without him bringing up the fact that he won the election. This time, he claimed that he won the electoral college with the biggest margin since Ronald Regan. Then reporter Peter Alexander did some fact checking and told the president that his statement was untrue. Alexander then asked how Americans could trust what he says when he presents falsehoods.

    His response: "I don't know, I was just given that information."

    Who gave him that information? Why didn't he check it? Does he care about presenting false claims? We may never know. 

  4. Trump silences a Jewish reporter asking about anti-semitism

    When the reporter asked Trump about anti-semitism that many fear is occurring in this country, the president said "that's not a fair question," and then told the reporter to sit down. Immediately after, he claimed that he was the least anti-semitic person ever. 

  5. Uranium

    Yes, that just happened. 

  6. Long story short, this press conference was a hotter mess than Mariah Carey's New Year's Eve performance
  7. We've got the tweets to back it up
  8. You can watch the press conference in its entirety below
  9. Try your best not to do this

Written by Rachel Herron

(Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)


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