As soon as the president began taking questions, Trump was immediately asked about the resignation of General Flynn.
“Mike Flynn is a fine person, and I asked for his resignation, and he respectfully gave it,” Trump said. He asserted that he was upset with the way that Flynn had given incorrect information to Mike Pence — when he didn’t have to, since he had not done anything wrong.
Trump then spoke on conversations from inside the administration, including his own, being leaked to the press.
“The people who gave information to the press should be ashamed,” Trump said of the leakers. He also confirmed during the news conference that the leaks are absolutely real.
With the next question, Trump went back to speaking on Flynn, specifically, asserting once again that he did not do anything wrong in speaking to the Russian ambassador, but that the problem was him not giving the full details to Vice President Mike Pence.
“I don’t think he did anything wrong, if anything he did something right,” Trump said. “He was just doing his job.”
The president, asked again about Russia, asserted that he has no ties to the nation — and that his team has had no contact with Russian intelligence.
“President Putin called me up very nicely to congratulate me on the winning the election, and he called me up very nicely to congratulate me on the inauguration — but so did many other leaders,” Trump said, stating that he has no property or loans in Russia what-so-ever.
During the conference, Trump also spoke about what the administration has already accomplished — accusing the media of “not telling the truth,” or treating the American public with the “respect that they deserve.”
“The press has become so dishonest, that if we don’t talk about it, we are doing a tremendous disservice to the American public,” Trump said.
The president stated that he can take his message straight to the people, though he hopes to work on having a better relationship with the press.
“To be honest, I inherited a mess, at home and abroad. A mess. Jobs are pouring out of the country,” he added.
The president asserted that he is working very hard, with success, to bring those jobs back home and keep them here.
He also spoke on terrorism, and the administration’s plans to fight it. “ISIS is spreading like cancer, another mess I inherited,” he said.
“We do not go abroad in search of war, we really are searching for peace — but it’s peace through strength,” Trump said.
He stated that despite the fact that he can’t get his cabinet approved, the administration is running like a “well oiled machine,” and continued to list the campaign promises that he has kept, or made moves towards keeping.
“We’ve withdrawn from the job killing disaster that is the trans pacific partnership,” he said, adding that there will be individual bilateral trade deals instead.
He spoke on his efforts to crackdown on the border, and the flow of drugs into the nation through Mexican cartels, as well as his effort to keep radical Islamists from immigrating to the United States.
Trump announced that next week he will be issuing a “new and comprehensive” executive order to “protect our people.”