In a hastily-called Thursday press conference carried live on national TV, President Donald Trump was completely off the map.
During the hour-plus event in the East Room of the White House, ostensibly held to announce the nomination of his new pick for labor secretary, Alex Acosta, the President instead ticked off items from his long list of grievances while making sometimes unintelligible exclamations about the most pressing issues of the day.
He declared that a nuclear holocaust started by Russia and the U.S. would be “like no other.” Harkening back to campaign mode, he railed against the “dishonest” media, asserted he would never comment on foreign policy specifics to the media, and declared that the country of Russia was “fake news.”
Asked about the flood of leaks pouring out of his White House, he lamented that this “very confidential, classified” information was being released to the press, while simultaneously arguing that the reporting based on those real leaks was “fake.”
Despite his belligerent tone and the calling out of individual reporters, the President also insisted he was “having a great time” and “not ranting and raving.”
In short, it was a doozy.
TPM gathered the 8 most jaw-dropping moments below.
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