United States media's dishonesty is out of control


"The press has become so dishonest". President Trump says that we are doing a tremendous disservice to the American people with their dishonesty.

He failed to mention that Obama inherited an economy that had fallen into a major recession with hundreds of thousands of job losses and an unemployment rate that could have reached 10 percent.

"Just so you understand, we had a totally divided country for eight years and long before that", he said in response to a question from MSNBC's Kristen Welker.

The president said many people, including in the media, are unhappy because he's implementing his agenda and following through on the promises he made to the American people. "Yet it is the exact opposite".

Of the top campaign aides mentioned in news reports as being in regular contact with Russia, Trump said, "The three people that they talked about all totally denied it".

On Michael Flynn: The ousted NSA chief is a "fine person", but "he didn't tell the vice president of the United States the facts".

He joked that the reporter, who is black, should set up the meeting and said, "are they friends of yours?"

He also defended the roll-out of his travel ban and said that he would be issuing a new order next week.

Earlier this morning, Trump took to Twitter to slam reports based on information from the intelligence community as "fake news" while simultaneously saying something needed to be done about the "illegal leaking".

On leaks/fake news: "The leaks are real, but the news is fake".

The impromptu press conference, which was scheduled an hour in advance, was ostensibly organised to announce Mr Trump's new nominee for USA labour secretary, R Alexander Acosta, following Andrew Puzder's withdrawal from the nomination process on Wednesday.