Trump press conference
1. Trump really dished it to the media and told them what he really thinks about them. Good for Trump. Trump understands that the mainstream media is his enemy.
2. There were many media questions about Russia and hacking. The media is obsessed with this topic, even though as Trump pointed out the Chinese theft of millions of government personnel records was a much bigger hack yet neither Obama nor the MSM made a very big deal of it.
The media is correct in reporting that Trump seems to be admitting the possibility that the leaked emails came from Russia.
I think Trump did an excellent job of controlling the topic.
3. Trump has put into place a complicated plan to remove himself from his business. His two sons plus an unrelated executive will be running the business and Trump won’t be allowed to know anything about what’s going on in the business. And furthermore, there will be no new foreign business deals while Trump is president, and there will be a new ethics officer who has to approve all domestic deals.
Also, any “profits” from foreign governments will be donated to the U.S. Treasury. (There’s a huge difference between “profit” and “revenue” so you should be clear about what word was used.)
Will this satisfy the Trump-hating mainstream media? I suspect they will still complain about it as part of their propaganda war against Trump. However, it does address all of the major conflict-of-interest concerns that the media has had about Trump’s business, and his lawyer is correct that it’s impossible to truly divest from a multi-billion-dollar closely-held non-publicly-traded business without creating new conflicts of interest by doing so.
4. Trump says he is going to repeal and replace Obamacare.
a. It sounds like Trump really means it.
b. It’s still not clear what “replace” means. Trump sounds like a technocrat who merely wants to create a better Obamacare, which people would probably call Trumpcare. On the other hand, there was a “replacement” plan on his campaign website that was written by right-wing hacks that was bogus as far as it being a replacement, it was just a return to the way things were before Obamacare with a few free-market reforms (none of which were bad reforms in a pre-Obamacare system, but it was absolutely not a replacement).
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Note: I added significantly to this post within the first half hour of originally posting it, so if you read it when immediately released, please re-read. Sorry.