Press conferences involving President Donald Trump often take a sharp turn towards the erratic, and it was no different on Monday, when Finnish President Sauli Niinistö met with President Donald Trump in Washington, D.C.
The two leaders held a joint press conference on Monday afternoon, at which the well spoken Finnish leader said that he and Trump “exchanged views on several international issues,” with a “broad headline” of security.
The Finnish President spoke about his nation taking over leadership of the Arctic Council, a change that is no doubt a good one in light of Trump’s documented attitudes about climate change. He doesn’t even know what he’s doing when it comes to issues of protecting the climate, acting like a grade school child and telling reporters at the press conference, “We want clean air, the cleanest ever.”
Taking his first question from a Texan reporter, Trump was asked:
‘What can you tell the people of Texas to expect in terms of long term recovery efforts? You’ve threatened a government shutdown over border wall funding.. are these threats going to hinder recovery efforts?’
To this questioning, Trump responded belligerently, asserting that there is no reason to be worried and offering little reasoning for why such is the case other than that he says it’s so.
‘I think you’re going to see some rapid action from Congress… We think that Congress will feel very much the way I feel… I think you’re going to be in fantastic shape… I think [recovery] has nothing to do with [the government shutdown.]’
Trump also answered questioning about his administration’s foreign policy towards Russia.
A reporter from the Finnish Broadcasting Company asked him in light of Russian military exercises in the Baltic region: “Would you consider Russia as a security threat?”
‘Well I consider many countries as a security threat unfortunately in light of what’s going on in the world… I would consider many countries threats.’
When pressed about what he would do should Russia continue their escalation in the Baltic Sea, he said:
‘We are very protective of that region — that’s all I can say.’
It’s telling that he wouldn’t commit to the military protection of the Baltic States, even though such is enshrined in the NATO Charter.
Fox reporter John Roberts helped close out the press conference by asking the president about his recent pardoning of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, saying:
‘What was behind your thinking for issuing a pardon for the sheriff?’
Responding in part by answering the question of why he issued the pardon while Texas was beginning to face Hurricane Harvey, Trump said:
‘A lot of people think it was the right thing to do. In the middle of a hurricane, I assumed the ratings would be a lot higher than they are normally… [Arpaio] is loved in Arizona.’
Arpaio is loved in Arizona? Really? That’s the best that this incompetent president can come up with? Go to Maricopa County and ask around — his antics that infringe upon the rights of minorities have earned him hatred. Additionally, it’s telling for Trump to reveal that he really does think about the media coverage of his actions ahead of time in saying he wanted his pardon of Arpaio to ride the wave of media coverage over Harvey.
The very last reporter to ask the president a question was from the far right One America News Network, who pressed him about his planned cuts to FEMA and whether or not Mexico will pay for the long proposed border wall after all.
Trump, unsurprisingly, was again belligerently resolute about both the supposed need for the border wall and about the supposed righteousness of his proposed cuts to FEMA.
Watch the press conference below.
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