Factual leaks infuriate a president who tweets nonsense

Violet Powell
February 19, 2017

"Nobody that I know", he said in the first full-length news conference of his presidency.

President Trump said at a wide-ranging news conference Thursday that he didn't direct resigned national security adviser Michael Flynn to talk about USA sanctions on Russian Federation in a pre-inauguration phone call Flynn had with Russia's us ambassador, but he would have.

Instead, Trump accused members of U.S. intelligence agencies of breaking the law by leaking information about the calls.

US President Donald Trump has gone head to head with reporters at a wide-ranging news conference in which he denied having any dealings in Russian Federation and hammered the news media for being negative and dishonest.

"Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing, Trump said at a press conference 27 July, 2016, refering to emails Hillary Clinton had deleted from her controversial private server".

"Russia is a ruse", Trump said.

The White House press conference - which had ostensibly been called for Mr. Trump to announce a new nominee for Secretary of Labour - was a return to the sort of lengthy, meandering, off-the-cuff speeches that were a hallmark of the President's campaign rallies a year ago.

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference announcing Alexander Acosta as the new Labor Secretary nominee in the East Room at the White House on February 16, 2017. On Thursday, he warned in a pair of tweets that "low-life leakers" of classified information will be caught.

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Flynn has now acknowledged he gave "incomplete information" about the phone calls. The report claims both Trump and then-President Obama were briefed on the communications between Trump associates, allegedly including Manafort and Flynn, and suspected Russian operatives.

A representative of Flynn reportedly denied response and the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have not commented on the issue yet.

One protester told the Bee, "We're very, very interested in the problem that we're having with Flynn and his connection with Russia and the Russian influence in our country". Trump added, "Russia is fake news".

Trump said there has never been a president "who in this short period of time has done what we've done".

Trump said such reports amounted to "fake news". "I just heard that the crowds are massive", he said of the event scheduled for Saturday.

During the news conference, Trump alternated between showering the media with scorn and taking a more playful tone. Pence had defended Flynn in an interview with CBS on January 15, saying Flynn "didn't discuss anything having to do with the United States' decision to expel diplomats or impose censure against Russian Federation". "I think he's been treated very, very unfairly by the media - as I call it, the fake media - in many cases".

President Trump held a loose, combative press conference that touched on his views on Russian Federation, the first weeks of his Administration and his views on the media. "I'm really not a bad person".

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