In his joint press conference with President Netanyahu of Israel at noon today, Trump took a few questions from the assembled journalists. As is his usual style, he took the first question from conservative media. Today it was the Christian Broadcasting Network. Their correspondent asked Trump about the future of the Iran nuclear deal that he so often criticizes. Mr. Trump responded with a word salad about the unfair media treatment of David Flynn, and how badly Hillary Clinton lost the election.
The first question of the press conference: Iran.
The Christian Broadcasting Network has been given the unusual honors of some of the first questions during White House press conferences. At today’s joint press conference with visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House, Trump called on CBN’s chief political correspondent David Brody after the two leaders made brief remarks. Brody rocketed to fame two weeks ago when he landed his network a coveted one-on-one interview with the new president.
Brody directed his question to Trump.
Both of you have criticized the Iran nuclear deal and have called for its repeal. I’m wondering if you’re concerned at all, as it relates to, not just the National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who is recently no longer here, but also some of those events that have been going on with Russia, if that is going to hamper this deal at all, whether or not it would keep Iran from becoming a nuclear state.
Trump’s word-salad response.
After a short pause during which he closed his eyes, Trump said;
Michael Flynn, General Flynn is a wonderful man. I think he’s been treated very, very unfairly by the media. As I call it, the “fake media” in many cases [Trump turns to Netanyahu]. And I think it’s really a sad thing that he was treated so badly. I think in addition to that, from intelligence, papers are being leaked, things are being leaked. It’s criminal action — criminal act — and it’s been going on for a long time, before me. But now its really going on. And people are trying to cover up for a terrible loss that the Democrats had under Hillary Clinton. I think its very, very unfair what’s happened to General Flynn, the way he was treated, and the documents and papers that were illegally — I stress that, illegally — leaked. Very very unfair.”
So what does Trump think of the Iran nuclear deal? Who knows.
How has America’s position on the Iran deal been affected by revelations of close communications between his campaign advisers (many of whom are his current staff) and senior Russian intelligence officials (Remember that Russia is a close ally of Iran)? We have no idea.
Will Iran use this turmoil to find a way to accelerate its nuclear program? One would think that the growing threat of new nuclear powers would be a key issue on Trump’s mind, especially given North Korea’s recent missile test. Nope, not a word.
But rest assured America, buried inside that “answer” (was anyone else expecting him to finish with a “bork bork bork!” like the Swedish Chef?) Trump is very concerned about how the media treated a man who spent a month advising him on national intelligence while living under the very real and omnipresent risk of blackmail from the Russian government for lying to the White House.
Since Trump brought up the subject of fair treatment, exactly how should the media treat a senior government and intelligence official who likely committed multiple felonies with one of our enemies? Seriously, we’d like to know what “fair” is? One thing is for certain. “Fair” news is most certainly not the President continuing to blame his administration’s own ineptitude on Hillary Clinton’s loss.
Trump’s real fixations make us “tremendously” unsafe.
There are two things Trump can’t stop obsessing over. And neither one has to do with jobs, national security, healthcare, or any of the other myriad real concerns of a competent president.
Just hours before the press conference, Trump tweeted yet again his increasingly moldy accusation that any and all scandals in his office are due to disgruntled Hillary supporters.
This Russian connection non-sense is merely an attempt to cover-up the many mistakes made in Hillary Clinton's losing campaign.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2017
If those obsessions are permeating everything he says in public, what does it imply for his priorities in the Oval Office? Seriously, are you going to sleep better tonight knowing that his top priority is reminding you that he won the election that ended over three months ago?
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