Highlights of the day for U.S. President Donald Trump's administration on Thursday: RUSSIA Trump dismisses a growing controversy about ties between his aides and Russia as a "ruse" and a "scam" perpetrated by a hostile news media, and denies that any of his associates had contacts with Moscow before last year's election.
"(Former National Security Adviser) Mike Flynn is a fine person, and I asked for his resignation.
The Trump administration proposes changes to the Obamacare individual insurance market that insurers welcome as a good start but that others say could raise consumers' out-of-pocket cost.
President Trump held an extended news conference in which he discussed the "out of control" media, Russia, signing a new travel ban executive order and more. "Not good", Trump said to all three incidents. "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". "Drugs are becoming cheaper than candy bars", the President said.
Trump denounced reports of "chaos" during his first month as commander-in-chief and accused the press of playing to special interests and "doing a tremendous disservice to the American people".
"The level of dishonesty is out of control", he says, adding that he needs to find out what's going on and will not "let it happen" because he'll take his message "straight to the people".
Russia: Amid reports that his campaign's dealings with Russian authorities were being investigated, he responded; "I have nothing to do with Russia". "I didn't direct him, but I would have directed him because that's his job", he said. "This administration is running like a fine-tuned machine".
In the course of a 76-minute press conference, Trump managed to utter the name of the woman who lost the presidential election in November a grand total of 11 times.
Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican hawk who has blasted Trump over claims of voter fraud and called for in-depth investigations over Trump's alleged links to Russian Federation, described the President's overtures towards Russian Federation as "a cloud over the White House".
According to the journalist, Trump's speech will go down as one of "the most surreal and unprecedented the U.S. has witnessed in 228 years of having a president". He repeatedly denied having links with Russian Federation, a claim he deemed "fake news". "It's a joke", explained Trump, who insisted that he had "nothing to do with Russian Federation". I see tone. You know the word "tone"?