Trump Meets the Press
by Stephen Lendman
While campaigning and during so-called presidential debates, Trump proved himself able to handle whatever comes at him.
Using Twitter to communicate to 19.6 million followers, the number increasingly daily. Last week, it was 19.1 million, an impressive increase in a few days, likely to keep growing after succeeding Obama.
Social media communication lets him reach millions without misquotes, distortions, deletions or other ways to undermine him.
At his Wednesday press conference, he said he “stopped giving them because we were getting quite a bit of inaccurate news.”
He blasted Big Pharma for making drugs produced overseas. “(W)e have to have…new bidding procedures for the drug industry, because they’re getting away with murder.”
“Pharma has a lot of lobbies and a lot of lobbyists and a lot of power, and there’s very little bidding on drugs. We’re the largest buyer of drugs in the world, and yet, we don’t bid properly.”
“And were going to start bidding and were going to save billions of dollars over a period of time, and we're going to do that with a lot of other industries.”
If he follows through on this pledge responsibly, it’s big news. Promises are one thing, fulfillment another entirely.
He promised cost-saving changes on the out-of-control F-35 program, perhaps the F-18 one also. He looks forward to his January 20 inaugural, saying it’ll be “very, very special, very beautiful.” With disruptive protests planned, it won't be a dull affair for sure.
Asked about fake news Russian US election hacking charges, he explained what was discussed is confidential. Leaning toward what he earlier (and correctly) called “ridiculous,” he said “I think it was Russia, but I think we also get hacked by other countries and other people.”
He promised new measures to protect against cyberattacks. He blasted fake news alleging Russia obtained compromising personal and financial information about him, calling it a “tremendous blot” on the intelligence community if it released the bogus material.
He cited Putin (through his spokesman Dmitry Peskov) denying Russia has compromising information on Trump, saying “I respected the fact that he said that…I’ll be honest. I think if he did have something, they would’ve released it. They would’ve been glad to release it.”
“(L)ook at the things that were hacked (sic). Look at what was learned from that hacking (sic).”
“That Hillary Clinton got the questions to the debate and didn’t report it? That’s a horrible thing.”
“Can you imagine that if Donald Trump got the questions to the debate. It would’ve been the biggest story in the history of stories. And they would’ve said immediately, ‘You have to get out of the race.’ “
He minced no words blasting CNN as “fake news” and BuzzFeed News as a “failing piece of garbage” for publishing a fabricated report claiming Russia has compromising information on him. He refused to take a question from CNN’s Jim Acosta screaming at him disrespectfully.
Asked if Putin wanted him elected, he said “if (he) likes Donald Trump, I consider that an asset because we have a horrible relationship with Russia.”
He stressed Moscow can help us fight ISIS. He doesn’t know if he can get along with Putin or not. He hopes so.
He signed papers turning control of his business over to his sons. He’ll voluntarily donate all profits from foreign government payments to the US Treasury.
Asked about Obamacare, he said it’ll be “repeal(ed) and replace(d) simultaneously…most likely on the same day or the same week.”
“There will be a major border tax on…companies…leaving and getting away with murder.” He said Russia will have much more respect for America under his leadership.
“You will see that. Russia will respect our country more…I hope we get along…”
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."
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