Eric Trump asks the U.S. government, run by his dad, for permission to bring in foreign workers at the Trump winery. https://t.co/MRzDnemN9U
— Matt Pearce (@mattdpearce) February 17, 2017
And after Donald Trump gave us an 80-minute infomercial for the Trump Whinery this afternoon. https://t.co/IWcDRHcOny
— Josh Barro (@jbarro) February 17, 2017
Politico (of course) reports that some people liked the President-Asterisk’s performance:
… It was Trump’s decision to hold such an extended news conference and it was made Thursday morning, according to a White House aide briefed on the matter. After weeks of getting pounded by the media — something the president has privately and publicly fumed about — he made it clear to advisers that he wanted to speak in an unfiltered way…
One person close to Trump said he showed an “unusually long” attention span they hadn’t seen often in the White House. And two sources close to the president said he was happy with his performance — and that he felt he was seizing back control of a narrative of his presidency he had lost.
The reviews outside the White House were more mixed. “The guy up there seems crazy,” said one senior GOP aide. “I’ve thought that the whole time.”
The aide acknowledged, though, that the audience wasn’t necessarily Washington. “But how does this play outside the Beltway? It might play pretty well. I can’t say if he killed it or if he was terrible. I just know I was watching the whole time, the whole hour and 20 minutes,” the aide said.
“We were all riveted. Were you not? Have you ever seen a press conference like that from a president?…
The president said he wasn’t “ranting and raving” even as he ranted and raved. “Drugs are becoming cheaper than candy bars,” he said, without specifying what drug or what candy bar. He said “80 percent” of a court’s rulings were overturned and admitted there was no proof for the number, saying that he heard the number somewhere.
He torched the intelligence community for leaking damaging information about his administration and said the reporting was “fake” from the news media. “The leaks are absolutely real,” he said, complaining about them. Seconds later, he said: “The news is fake.” It was difficult to understand how both could be true…
“Drugs are becoming cheaper than candy bars.”
– Donald J. Trump, president of the United States, Feb. 16, 2017
— Ethan Klapper (@ethanklapper) February 16, 2017
Look at Donald Trump, touting his success at lowering consumer prices. https://t.co/NohjVxkYo2
— Josh Barro (@jbarro) February 16, 2017
There are other audiences…
Sign of the times: had dinner with friend from Moscow, who asked about the difference in pronunciation between "treason" and "threesome."
— Julia Ioffe (@juliaioffe) February 16, 2017