4 Completely Bizarre Moments from Trump's Sort-of Press Conference at Mar-a-Lago

Election '16

Donald Trump held his first sort-of, kind-of, impromptu press conference Wednesday night in front of his Mar-a-Lago estate. Unlike some of his previous encounters with reporters who can actually ask him questions, his eyes did less darting around and he did not threaten anyone. He might have felt a bit safer because he had boxing impresario Don King at his side. Although Trump did not exactly answer the questions, he did make a number of highly questionable statements that were pretty easily disproven with a modicum of research.

Here are four of the more bizarre moments from the chitty chat.

1. Just having Don King at his side.

Apparently unaware that Don King is a washed-up, widely reviled and ridiculed celebrity, Trump had him right at his side, waving flags and talking about how his pal Trump was making America great again. One of the flags King waved prominently was the Israeli flag. 

2. Taking credit for jobs he absolutely did not create.

Trump always has time to boast, and he took time to brag about thousands of telecommunications jobs he has miraculously already brought back. “Because of what’s happening and the spirit and the hope I was just called by the head people at Sprint and they’re going to be bringing 5,000 jobs back to the United States,” Trump said. “Masa and some other people were very much involved with that.”

Well, nope. 

“This is part of the 50,000 jobs that [SoftBank CEO] Masa previously announced,” a Sprint spokeswoman told Engadget Wednesday after the press conference. “This total will be a combination of newly created jobs and bringing some existing jobs back to the U.S.”

But lying about jobs is part of Trump's M.O., so expect more of it. Previously, he has lied about the Ford deal and the Carrier deal.

3. Suggesting everyone move on about the Russian hacking thing since computers are so complicated.

Obviously, since it worked, Trump has no interest in investigating the matter of Russia hacking the presidential election to help him win. When asked if he would back sanctions against Russia, he simply said: "I think we ought to get on with our lives." 

So, that oughta take care of that. Then he segued into a bizarre tangent about how hard computers are to understand for non-400-pound men in New Jersey who might be hacking into our systems.

"I think that computers have complicated lives very greatly," Trump said. "The whole age of computer has made it where nobody knows exactly what’s going on." He also pointed out that computers have "speed" and "a lot of other things."

4. Saying his whole business conflict-of-interest thing is actually very, very simple.

Trump was asked when he would announce his plan to disentangle himself from his businesses so as not to have extensive conflicts of interest when he enters office. He basically replied that first of all, his business is very, very big, much bigger than anyone really knows.

Then he said it is "very routine," and not a big deal, and that "it's not as big a deal as you people are making it seem." Then he pointed out that people knew he had these businesses when they elected him, and they elected him anyway, maybe even because of that. Then he said he'd have a press conference in early January to announce his plans for what he will do about his very big and successful business that is really not a big deal and is very routine.

Ummm, mark your calendars?


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