President Donald Trump's press conference on Thursday in which he announced his new labor secretary turned into an all-out battle royale with the press.
Highlights and lowlights of the 77-minute exchange between Trump and the media included the following:
POTUS saying he "inherited a mess" which statistics and facts will argue otherwise
Trump told a Jewish publication to "sit down" when asked about anti-Semitism.
When April D. Ryan, a black reporter, asked Trump if he would meet with the Congressional Black Caucus, the president replied, "I would. You want to set up the meeting? Are they friends of yours?"
Trump also said: “The press has become so dishonest that if we don't talk about it, we are doing a tremendous disservice to the American people, a tremendous disservice. We have to talk about it. We have to find out what's going on because the press, honestly, is out of control. The level of dishonesty is out of control.”
The press conference sparked a media and Twitter frenzy in which reactions ranged from disbelief to anger to amusement:
Trump reminds me of a headliner who has bombed Tue-Thu at a club. Blames the audience & the staff but even he knows he won't be there Sat.