President Trump defended his weeks-old administration as a "fine-tuned machine", lamented the "mess" he inherited from his predecessor, and lambasted the "fake news" media during a wide-ranging news conference Thursday.
"The press has become so dishonest and if we don't talk about it we are doing a tremendous disservice to the American people, because the press is out of control".
Question: What happened to "When they go low, we go high"? "The level of dishonesty (of the media) is out of control", said the Republican president.
President Trump said Thursday his hope to reset US relations with Russia may have been dashed by "false reporting" by the news media about alleged connections between his staff and Russian officials, which makes such a deal politically impossible. "I've been briefed and I can tell you one thing about a briefing that we're allowed to say because anybody that ever read the most basic book can say it-nuclear holocaust would be like no other".
He said the story should not be when, how or what his inner circle was communicating with Russian representatives but the leaks of classified information by the USA intelligence community to the news media.
I won't try to tackle whether that is a good or bad thing for democracy - or our culture - in this space today.
I feel badly for our local group of outspoken Donald Trump supporters. North Korea. Well take care of it, folks.
President Trump: I was given that information. I see tone. You know the word tone.
Some of the information Trump was talking about was not actually classified, but that isn't even the point since Trump gleefully used leaks that came from a hostile, aggressive foreign country against Hillary Clinton. I know who you are, just wait.
He goaded journalists, called Obamacare "a disaster", said the 9th Circuit Court that upheld the stay on his Muslim ban was "in turmoil", and argued with a CNN journalist about whether it was "fake news".
Again on a response to Russian actions: "I'm not going to tell you anything about what response I do". And then they called, they said, 'I never said that.
To an African-American reporter: "Are they friends of yours?" when she asked about the Congressional Black Caucus.
He was then asked by CNN, another of the targets of his attacks, whether he accepted that his earlier campaign calls for Russian Federation to release hacked Clinton emails and admissions that he worked with Wikileaks left him with little credibility.