January 12, 2017
By Herb Ryan
Yesterday, January 11, 2017, the President-elect blundered through a press conference at his palace in New York. This was his first press conference, actually one long vocal tweet, since July of 2015. Trumps “folie de grandeur” only added to the conviction of many that the nightmare is all to real. Just imagine if you will, his Inaugural Speech on January 20, eight days from today. Hopefully, he will be able to complete the swearing-in ceremony without adding any derisive remarks. The real entertainment, because this is nothing but a reality show, starts when he goes off script. His ego will never let him read the teleprompter for more than three minutes. Then all hell should break loose.
Henny Youngman, bless his soul was the king of one liners. But, Youngman was a professional entertainer and knew where the line was drawn and made every effort not to cross it. Trump, unlike Youngman, has no sense of humor, and there is no line his megalomania will not cross. Sound familiar, perhaps The Ride of the Valkyries, German Beer Halls and 1939 may stir comparisons in your mind.
Opening remarks by incoming director of propaganda Sean Spicer referenced the previous nights news reports about Russia’s attempt to influence Trumps election calling CNN and Buzzfeed for their reports “sad and pathetic attempt to get clicks,” and referred to the former as a “left wing blog that was openly hostile to the president-elect’s campaign.” Spicer continued “It was highly irresponsible of them to drop highly salacious, and flat-out false information on the internet just days before the president-elect takes the oath of office.”
Highly salacious? How about the October 28 “Comey Effect” letter sent to the House Judiciary Committee announcing new Clinton emails and his subsequent letter on November 6 that absolved Clinton (after millions of votes had already been cast early).
In his opening remarks, Trump whined about being picked on by the mainstream press, and then thanked the news organizations that published articles he approved of, “There were some news organizations that were so professional, and I’ve just gone up a notch as to what I think of you.” He also bashed the intelligence agencies for releasing the info. “This is going to be a tremendous blot on their record.”
Other well thought out one-liners by Trump:
He talked about how pharma “gets away with murder,” and wants to see more bidding for drugs. “We don’t bid properly, and we will save billions of dollars by doing so,” said Trump.
Trump announced that he has named David J. Shulkin his VA secretary, and before taking the first question, he said: “I will be the greatest jobs producer that God ever created.”
John Roberts of Fox News, who asked the pres.-elect whether or not he had received the notorious two-page summary, and if he believes Putin ordered hacks of the DNC and RNC. “If so, how will that impact your relationship with him?”
“It’s a disgrace that information would be let out,” answered Trump. “It’s fake news. It’s phony stuff and it didn’t happen. Sick people put that crap together.” And as far as the hacking, he admits that he believes Russia did it, but also mentioned he thinks the U.S. also gets hacked by other countries.
He also criticized the DNC, saying that their defense against the hacks wasn’t sufficient. “If Donald Trump got the questions before the debate, it would be the biggest story in the history of stories.”
“If Putin likes Donald Trump, I consider that an asset, not a liability,” Trump stated.
Hallie Jackson of NBC, asked about business dealings with Russia and if he will release the tax returns.
“I have no loans or deals with Russia,” said Trump. “Over the weekend, I was offered over $2 billion to do a real estate deal in Dubai. I turned it down, but I didn’t have to. I will have no conflict of interest, even though I could run the Trump Organization and the country, but I don’t want to do that.”
“I’m still under audit,” Trump said. “Anyway, only reporters care about the tax returns. The people don’t.”
A Trump attorney named Sheri Dillon from the firm Morgan, Lewis and Bockius made some remarks regarding the Pres.-elect’s business arrangements and how he is handing over the reins of the Trump Organization to Donald Jr. and Eric Trump. She compared Trump’s business situation to that of Nelson Rockefeller when he became vice president, and remarked that Trump “should not be expected to destroy the company he built.”
Major Garrett from CBS News asked a series of questions: “Based on your tweet from this morning, are we living in Nazi Germany? What is the timeline in terms of your Supreme Court nominations? Will the U.S. taxpayer be paying for this border wall?”
“Mexico will reimburse us for the wall,” said Trump. “I want to get it started as soon as possible, and the Mexican government has been terrific.”
Trump also stood by “Nazi Germany” tweet, once again going after intelligence agencies for leaking “fake news.”
He later referred to BuzzFeed as “a failing pile of garbage that will suffer the consequences.” He told CNN’s Jim Acosta: “Your organization is terrible, and I am not going to give you a question. You are fake news.”
There you have it, everyone who voted for Trump, pat yourself on the back for electing the most unworthy person in the world to The Office of The President of The United States. And may God have mercy on us all.
Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press