FULL: President Donald Trump Press Conference in the East Room. Feb 16. 2017. 2/16/2017

WASHINGTON — President Trump asked his national security adviser, Michael Flynn, to resign because he misled Vice President Pence about his calls to the Russian ambassador to the United States, Trump said in a wide-ranging and surprising news conference Thursday.

Trump's comments about Flynn came after a more-than-20-minute opening statement in which he criticized the news media, bragged about the number of electoral votes he received in November and said the Islamic State is "another mess I inherited" from predecessor, Barack Obama. He lashed out repeatedly at what he called "fake news" and at reporters, who he accused of distorting what he has done as president and failing to accurately cover his administration.

"I see stories of chaos, chaos, yet it is the exact opposite," he said. "This administration is running like a fine-tuned machine, despite the fact that I can't get my Cabinet approved."

Trump ticked off all the executive actions he has taken, including those freezing federal hiring and rule-making, ordering a one regulation in-two out policy, and seeking to expedite permits for construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipeline. He said his administration is preparing for the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act and has already begun work to start construction of a wall along the southern border with Mexico.


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Comment by Sojourner on February 18, 2017 at 6:29pm

I doubt it Byron, whether by inability or fear I think they are what they are.  They would have to actually see the lie to be able to walk away from it.

Comment by Sojourner on February 18, 2017 at 6:16am

CBS News Political Director: Media Ruined Its Own Reputation, Not Trump

BY: Jack Heretik  

February 17, 2017 

CBS host John Dickerson said Friday that the media is responsible for ruining its own reputation, not President Donald Trump.

Dickerson, the political director of CBS News and anchor of "Face the Nation," was speaking to radio host Hugh Hewitt when he made the comment, Mediaite reported.

Hewitt and Dickerson were discussing Trump's press conference on Thursday, during which he repeatedly attacked the media's credibility.

"But that one comment, ‘They don't trust you anymore,' is a summation of where we are in America," Hewitt said. "Because I really do think Manhattan-Beltway elites have lost the country. They've lost it."

Hewitt asked if it is true that there is no confidence in America's media elite.

"Yes, it's true, and it's not because of anything obviously Donald Trump did," Dickerson said. "The press did all that good work ruining its reputation on its own and we can have a long conversation about what created that."

Dickerson went on to say that the press had overhyped many little stories about Trump, leading to many other reports not being viewed with much credibility by the American people. The CBS host also said that the media must represent the American people to the president when asking questions.

recent poll by Emerson College found that more people in the U.S. trust Trump than the media.

Comment by Sojourner on February 17, 2017 at 7:48am

They are putting on quite an effort.  I'm sure none in their wildest dreams could have imagined his win.  He's taken so many positive steps already and its only been a few short weeks!


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