Trump Press Conference Turns Tables on Media
NEW YORK — A news conference unlike any we’ve seen from a president-elect.
Donald Trump took questions from reporters today for the first time in six months. He also took on the US intelligence community and the media, in what may be a preview of what’s to come.
Donald Trump/President-elect: “You know the only one that cares about my tax returns are the reporters, okay?” Donald Trump told the media at his first press conference as President-Elect “They’re the only ones. But no I don’t think so. I won. I mean I became president.”
The President Elect was turning the tables on the media Wednesday during his first news conference since the election. What was supposed to be a chance to explain how Trump will deal with business holdings and financial assets before the inauguration, left more questions than answers.
“Don and Eric are going to be running the company,” Trump said with his two sons standing by. “They are going to be running in a very professional manner.”
It also devolved into direct attacks on reporters, amid questions on claims that Russia has compromising personal and financial information about the President Elect.
Trump: Your organization is terrible.
Jim Acosta/CNN: You are attacking our news organization, can you give us a chance to ask a question, sir? Sir, can you…
Jim Acosta/CNN: Mr. President-elect, can you say…
Trump: Don’t be rude.
Jim Acosta/CNN: Can you give us a question since you’re attacking us? Can you give us a question?
Trump: Don’t be rude. No, I’m not going to give you a question. I’m not going to give you a question.
Jim Acosta/CNN: Can you state…
Trump: You are fake news. Go ahead.
The adversarial tone, set just days before Trump’s inauguration, leaves many wondering how a Trump Administration will deal with the media moving forward.
UNC Charlotte political science professor Eric Heberlig says we can expect more of the same.
“Mostly it’s about discrediting and going after the people who are questioning him,” says Heberlig. “To make them the story, rather than whatever the accusations are against him.”
But it wasn’t just the media taking shots from the President Elect. He also hit the US intelligence community for allegedly leaking a scandalous report on potential Trump connections to Russia. A report the President Elect called “fake”.
“And that’s something that Nazi Germany would have done, and did do,” says Trump. “I think it’s a disgrace.”
A Trump lawyer says the President-Elect will formally leave his businesses, but will not sell off his interests. He will still receive reports on the overall profit of the Trump Organization.