This was the first solo press conference given by Donald Trump. Normally the president makes a few remarks about some issues that he wants to highlight and then asks for questions. Trump used his opening time to deliver a long, rambling, incoherent monologue largely praising himself and blasting the media for painting his administration in a bad light, before combatively engaging with the press and his ‘answers’ to the questions consisted of more self-praise and press-blasting.
There is no question that attacking the media is popular with his rabid base who cheer lustily when he does so. But as Trump the reality TV person should know, if you continue to do the same shtick over and over, ratings fall and even die-hard fans start to tune out. You need to either amp it up or introduce a new story line. Since it is hard to see how the former can happen, we will have to see the new performing monkey he brings out to keep his audience entertained.
Seth Meyers looks at what happened at the conference.