President Donald Trump gave a press conference yesterday from the East Room in the White House where spoke about the progress he’s made in the past 4 weeks since the inauguration, although he spent much of the time blasting the media which he called “out of control” and serving the special interests.
Trump boasted that his 306 Electoral College votes was the “biggest Electoral College win since Ronald Reagan.”
When a reporter pointed out that President Obama had 365 in 2008 and George H.W. Bush had 426 when he won, Trump admitted that he was given that information and still maintained he had a “very, very big margin” even though Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by nearly 3 million.
Trump told reporters that his administration is “running like a fine-tuned machine,” despite running into some delays getting his Cabinet approved.
Trump insisted he is in Washington D.C. to change the “broken system” so it serves their families and their communities.
Trump maintained his administration “inherited a mess” at home and abroad.
“Jobs are pouring out of the country. You see what’s going on with all of the companies leaving our country, going to Mexico and other places — low-pay, low-wages. Mass instability overseas, no matter where you look. The Middle East, a disaster” Trump said.
Although the U.S. economy isn’t in perfect shape, it isn’t heading into recession like it was when Barack Obama became inaugurated on January 20, 2009 with an unemployment rate of 7.6 percent compared to 4.8 percent in January 2017.
Big League Jobs
Trump spoke about jobs “surging ” since his election and noted that Ford abandoned plans to build a factory in Mexico and will instead invest $700 million in Michigan while Fiat Chrysler will invest 1 billion in Ohio and Michigan.
“We’re bringing our jobs back to this country big league. It’s already happening, but big league” Trump said.
According to Trump, tax reform is going to happen “fairly quickly” but suggested it won’t occur until after health care is addressed by his administration in mid-March.
“So we’ll be submitting health care sometime in early March, mid-March. And after that, we’re going to come up — and we’re doing very well on tax reform” Trump said.
Trump stated that he’s ordered plans to begin for the massive rebuilding of the United States military which he said uses old depleted equipment that “won’t be depleted for long.”
Facing questions about his role with Russia, Trump admitted that it would be a positive thing if we could get along with Russia and denied that he had directed his former national security advisor Michael Flynn to discuss sanctions with the Russian ambassador.
Trump said he fired retired General Michael Flynn as national security advisor because of what he said to Vice President Mike Pence.
Trump reported that Hillary Clinton give Russia 20 percent of the uranium in the U.S., a figure that is factually incorrect.
Factcheck.org correctly points out that “the deal Clinton had a role in approving gave Russia ownership of 20 percent of U.S. production capacity — not existing stocks of uranium” and Clinton had no veto power to block the deal.
Trump asked if anyone in the rom really believes that Hillary Clinton would be tougher on Russia than him.
“Does anybody in this room really believe that? Okay” Trump said.
Trump was critical of the media coverage about Russia, despite U.S. intelligence agencies roundly concluding that Moscow interfered with the U.S. election.
Trump said that the “false reporting” is making it more challenging to negotiate with Moscow.
“But I want to just tell you, the false reporting by the media, by you people — the false, horrible, fake reporting makes it much harder to make a deal with Russia” Trump said.
Trump speculated that Russian President Vladimir Putin probably assumes that he can’t make a deal with him anymore because politically it would be unpopular for a politician to make a deal.