NBC’s Meet The Press host Chuck Todd reacted to President-elect Donald Trump’s first press conference in over 5 months by noting how “crazy” had become the new “normal.”
“I was struck big picture-wise of how normal a circus is now to us,” Todd said. “This was a circus. We’ve never seen a president-elect, a transition like we saw today.”
“The press conference gets interrupted, you have a lawyer in here [who] does half legal talk, half political spin,” todd continued. “I’ve never seen that, using the lawyer to say, ‘He’s here to make America great again. And oh by the way, I’m going to play constitutional lawyer.’”
“So I am struck at how normal crazy looked to us today. I mean, this was just a crazy scene. This is the normal of Donald Trump.”
Todd said the press conference benefited Trump because “it made the press look disjointed, unorganized.”
“It was a performance for his supporters and his people,” he said. “If you’re looking for answers out of Donald Trump, it’s the one-on-one interviews. And I don’t just say that because I’m biased about one-on-one interviews on Meet the Press. It is just, he is very good at deflection.”
“If we were Turkey and we saw that the Turkish intelligence officials were leaking stuff on [Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan], we would say, ‘Boy, there’s a political crisis going on in that country,’” Todd noted. “That’s what this looks like from the outside world. The next commander-in-chief and the best, most powerful intelligence services in the world of the United States of America are at war with each other.”
“This is a problem.”
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Trump also lashed out at CNN over recent reports about an U.S. intelligence briefing that suggested Russia had compromising information on the soon-to-be president.
Following the press conference, CNN political correspondent Jim Acosta revealed that Donald Trump’s press secretary told him he would be “thrown out” of Wednesday’s press conference if he asked the president-elect a question.
He explained that he “felt it was only fair if our news organization is going to be attacked, that we get a chance to ask a follow-up question.”
“After I asked and some might say demanded that we have a question, Sean Spicer, the incoming press secretary, did say to me that if I were to do that again, I was going to be thrown out of this press conference,” Acosta stated.