A stunning moment

CNN found the press conference startling – which is perhaps to be expected, given how much of it was about or rather aimed at CNN.

President Donald Trump launched an extraordinary denunciation Thursday of his critics and media reports that his White House is in chaos, complaining he inherited a “mess” and slamming stories that his campaign was constantly in contact with Russia as “fake news.”

It will immediately go down as a stunning moment in modern American political history, as presidents have rarely betrayed such a sense of anger and grievance so graphically or so early in their administrations.

And they have never done it in such a flailing, barking, self-interrupting way. They have never looked like such redfaced button-eyed pooch-mouthed accordion-playing imbeciles.

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Trump’s appearance betrayed apparent deep frustration not just with the media coverage of his White House and a desire to talk directly to the American people but also possibly dismay with aides charged with defending him.

“I don’t mind a bad story if it’s true,” Trump said, but complained much of what was reported about his administration was unfair.

Trump also accused holdovers from the Obama administration of leaking out information about his alleged contacts with Moscow to hammer his administration.

“I own nothing in Russia, I have no loans in Russia, I don’t have any deals in Russia,” Trump said.

“Russia is fake news.”

There is no Russia!

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