In a press conference that can perhaps best be described as unhinged and berating, President Donald Trump warned of the potential of a “nuclear holocaust” while stressing the necessity of a positive relationship between the United States and Russia on Thursday. “Maybe I’m not going to be able to do a deal with Russia but at least I tried,” Trump said, in response to a question from CBS’s Major Garrett about recent provocative incidents between the U.S. and Russia, including a Russian aircraft buzzing a U.S. Navy ship three times in one day. Trump has denied any ties between Russia and his campaign, although new reports have indicated that some Trump associates had contact with Russian intelligence. Further, this week, Trump’s national security adviser, resigned after it was revealed that he’d lied about discussing sanctions with the Russian ambassador before Trump’s inauguration.
“The greatest thing I could do is shoot that ship that’s 30 miles off shore right out of the water,” he said, referring to the Russian spy vessel that was recently spotted off the coast of Connecticut. “What am I going to do with this ship?” he asked himself, rhetorically. “I’m not going to tell you.”
And on it went. “I want to do the right thing for the American people, and to be honest, secondarily, I want to do the right thing for the world,” Trump said, regarding whether he’ll be able to conceive a positive relationship with Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin. “Don’t forget, we’re a very powerful nuclear country, and so are they. There’s no upside. We’re a very powerful nuclear country and so are they. I have been briefed. And I can tell you, one thing about a briefing that we’re allowed to say because anybody that ever read the most basic book can say it, nuclear holocaust would be like no other.”
The mere, unprovoked mention of the potential of nuclear holocaust was enough to incite total apoplexy on Twitter.
Aside from discussing the theoretical possibility of nuclear annihilation, Trump also took time to berate the press (“The leaks are real, the news is fake”); disparage Obamacare (“Obamacare, they fill up our alleys with people you wonder how they got there”); and talk about his executive order banning immigration and refugees from coming to the United States (“We had a very smooth rollout of the travel ban, we had a bad court”).
Before it was all over, he took a question from reporter April Ryan, who asked if he would set up a meeting to talk about his inner-city agenda with the Congressional Black Caucus. “I’ll tell you what, do you want to set up the meeting?” Trump asked Ryan, who is black. Ryan told the president that she is, in fact, a reporter. “Are they friends of yours?” Trump asked again. “So set up the meeting.”
Losing to wind next to his helicopter in Scotland.
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Losing to wind at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland.
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Losing to wind as he heads to Indiana.
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Losing to wind while he’s in Scotland to discuss bankrolling an anti-wind-farm campaign in order to fight an off-shore development near his luxury golf resort.
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Losing to wind in the presence of Tom Brady.
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Losing to wind while waving.
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Putting up a good fight but ultimately losing to wind in Scotland.
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