Following the press conference, CNN’s Jake Tapper joined Wolf Blitzer to process the exchange, calling the president’s performance “wild” and “unhinged.”
“It was a wild press conference,” Tapper began, noting the original intent of the news conference was for Trump to announce his newest Secretary of Labor pick Alexander Acosta.
“He talked about [CNN reporter] Jim Acosta more than he talked about Alexander Acosta,” Tapper said. “He talked about Hillary Clinton more than he talked about Alexander Acosta.”
Tapper noted Trump spent the first part of the conference touting accomplishments, but said, “instead of focusing on these accomplishments … it was an airing of grievances.”
“It was Festivus,” Tapper continued. “It was complaints about the media. At one point he said the leaks were real but the news is fake, which doesn’t make any sense whatsoever. He said things that were not true.”
“If you are a soldier in harm’s way right now, if you are a hungry child in Appalachia or the inner city, if you are an unemployed worker in the hollowed shell of a steel town, that’s not a president who seemed rather focused on your particular needs and wants. That’s a president that’s focused on his bad press.”
“It was unhinged, it was wild,” Tapper added.