Trump claimed that he would be holding a press conference, but after luring reporters to the White House, he is ranting like a campaign rally.
Let's be clear about what's going on here — Trump manipulated reporters to gather at the White House so he could get attention on this absolutely unhinged rant pic.twitter.com/IGG9fzklOM
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 14, 2020
Reporters caught on to the con:
Jeff Zeleny of CNN tweeted:
Your taxpayer dollars at work tonight: After stewing over canceled campaign rallies, President Trump decides to hold one in the Rose Garden. This is not normal operating procedure for sitting presidents of either party seeking re-election.
— Jeff Zeleny (@jeffzeleny) July 14, 2020
There was never going to be a press conference. Trump’s Tulsa rallied flopped, and he had to cancel his New Hampshire rally due to low attendance. Trump wanted an audience and media attention, so the White House lied to reporters to give him what he wanted.
Trump has been ranting and raving like an unhinged person. He isn’t sticking to the topic, because there isn’t one.
Reporters can’t get up and leave in case he does start taking questions. Any reporter who walked out only to discover later that Trump took questions would risk being fired, but the longer Trump rambles, the clearer it becomes that there is no press conference.
Trump did eventually take a few handpicked questions, but in no way, shape, or form was this a press conference.
The White House once again lied to reporters, and if the press was smart, they would stop showing up to these sham events meant to do nothing but boost Trump’s ego.
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Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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