Seeds: Nine days before his inauguration President-elect Trump had a press conference. Watch the entire event here (his Q&A starts around 20 minutes in).
Core: Some highlights included:
He stated that Russia has hacked us, “the United States is hacked by everybody. That includes Russia and China and everybody — everybody. OK.”
He says that “the wall” will be built and that Mexico will repay the U.S. in some way.
When the Supreme Court was brought up he said that he would put forth a pick within the first two weeks of his presidency.
He told a CNN reporter “Don’t be rude,” “your organization is terrible,” and “quiet” because he wouldn’t take his question. That was kind of funny.
He also said that he would be “the greatest job producer that God ever created” when talking about keeping jobs in the US.
Skin: Some news outlets are bashing the conference, calling it a trainwreck. This isn’t surprising given that the President-elect was doing some bashing of his own during the event. Also, other outlets stated that he filled the room with paid staffers who clapped and cheered a great deal, some are insinuating that they were told when to do so.
Leaves: For a more in-depth look at what his other policy-related statements mean, we suggest this annotated article.
Food For Thought: How do you think the conference went? Do you think it was a PR nightmare or a strong start? Are you excited for his presidency or nervous? Indifferent?
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