Trump Goes Rogue
Published: 17 February 2017
President Trump lets loose on reporters.
Trump preparing to lash out at the media.
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US President Donald Trump has gone head to head with reporters at a wide-ranging news conference in which he denied having any dealings in Russia and hammered the news media for being negative and dishonest.
Trump came out swinging against the media from one topic to another but especially for its reporting on leaks based on anonymous sources about people close to him having had contact with Russians during the campaign.
He said those reports were "fake news" and said he would look into investigating the leaks, which he said were "criminal". So only a matter of time till we see if his comments were fake news.
He attempted to tamp down suspicions the leaks raised about his administration's ties to Russia by saying he has no holdings, loans or deals in Russia.
"Russia is a ruse," he said.
"I have nothing to do with Russia. To the best of my knowledge no person that I deal with does."
He has since tweeted, “The Democrats had to come up with a story as to why they lost the election, and so badly (306), so they made up a story - RUSSIA. Fake news!”
He also said the ouster earlier this week of his national security advisor followed Michael Flynn's misleading statements to Vice President Mike Pence about his contacts with Russia during the presidential transition.
He repeated that he believes it would be much better if Russia and the United States "got together and got along".
Trump also denied news reports about "chaos" reigning in the White House as he builds his cabinet.
"This administration is running like a fine-tuned machine," he said, saying he's achieved that despite the difficulty some of his cabinet choices have had getting confirmed by the Senate.
The hour-and-17-minute news conference came one day after the president gave the cold shoulder to reporters from major news media at a briefing with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, calling only on two reporters from news organizations friendly to the president.