UPDATE 2:13 p.m.:
As Trump ended his press conference, a reporter shouted, "If you had no connection to Russia, why don't you release your tax returns and prove it?"
Trump did not answer that question.
Trump ignores shouted question:— David S. Joachim (@davidjoachim) February 16, 2017
"If you have no ties with Russia why don't you release your tax returns and prove it!"
UPDATE 2:11 p.m.:
Another reporter followed up in the question about rising anti-Semitism in the U.S. Trump responded by saying he was "working on it."
Additionally, Trump, when asked if the Congressional Black Caucus would be involved in his plan to "fix the inner cities," Trump told the reporter who asked him to "set up the meeting."
UPDATE 2:09 p.m.: Here's Trump's 'friendly reporter' moment.
UPDATE 2:00 p.m.:
Trump, near the end of his press conference, said he was looking for a "friendly reporter" before taking a question about the rise of anti-Semitism.
He cut off the reporter before his question was finished and told him to sit down.
UPDATE 1:55 p.m.:
Trump had a heated exchange with a BBC reporter. When the reporter said he was from the BBC, Trump responded, "Here's another beauty" and insisted the network would not cover him fairly.
After the reporter said "We can banter back and forth," Trump cut the reporter off and began answering his question about the travel ban.
Trump: "Where you from?"— Jim Waterson (@jimwaterson) February 16, 2017
BBC Man: "BBC"
Trump: "Here's another beauty"
BBC Man: "Good line. Impartial free and fair."
Trump: "Just like CNN"
UPDATE 1:42 p.m.:
President Trump said that the news media reported on him inaccurately and unfairly, but he faces "media hatred."
Trump was insisting that reports about Russia were "fake news" but also the result of leaks. When asked about that, Trump said "the reporting was fake." He also repeatedly called the media "dishonest" and said he would be an excellent reporter.
He also bashed CNN, which he said he didn't watch.
UPDATE 1:31 p.m.:
Trump said he planned a new executive order next week to "comprehensively protect our country" during a news conference on Thursday.
This may be referring to the travel ban, which was suspended in district court. The suspension was upheld in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Trump was also called out by a reporter for his Electoral College falsehoods.
ORIGINAL STORY: Moments after announcing his new Labor Secretary nominee, President Trump gave a bleak description of the state of the union.
"To be honest, I inherited a mess," Trump said. "It's a mess. At home and abroad, it's a mess."
Trump bashed the news media during the conference, saying he was giving the conference to "bring his message to the people" and that his controversial political decisions were "'necessary" for security.
Here's the clip where he called the country "a mess."
"I inherited a mess"--Trump. When Obama left office: unemployment 4.7%, gas at $2.37/gallon, Dow nearly 20k, income rising, 11.3M new jobs— Brian Goldsmith (@GoldsmithB) February 16, 2017
Observers were quick to point out the ways the country had in the past administration.
Trump says he inherited a mess, with "jobs pouring out of the country."— Jamelle Bouie (@jbouie) February 16, 2017
The economy added 227,000 jobs in January.
Trump said jobs were "pouring out of the country," but the economy actually added jobs.
No. He did not inherit a mess, at least at home. Unemployment was 4.8 percent when Trump started. It was 7.8 percent in 2009.— Perry Bacon Jr. (@perrybaconjr) February 16, 2017
"I inherited a MESS, both at home and abroad."— Linda Suhler, Ph.D. (@LindaSuhler) February 16, 2017
Amen, POTUS Trump.
But supporters sided with him.
Trump harped on his Electoral College victory again, calling it the biggest Electoral College win since Ronald Reagan, which is false.
Despite reports of turmoil amidst the resignation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn and the messy rollout of the travel ban, Trump insisted his administration was a "well-oiled machine" despite Democrats obstructing his Cabinet nominees.
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