Trump presser sets world­wide so­cial me­dia afire

Manila Bulletin - - World News -

NEW YORK (REUTERS) — In his first news con­fer­ence since the Nov. 8 elec­tion, Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump set so­cial me­dia ablaze on Wed­nes­day with re­marks in­clud­ing harsh crit­i­cism of the press and a de­fense of his goal to im­prove ties with Rus­sia.

The ses­sion, held in the lobby of his Trump Tower head­quar­ters in Man­hat­tan, fea­tured a num­ber of vi­ral mo­ments, like an ex­change with a re­porter whom Trump ac­cused of ped­dling “fake news.”

“I’m not go­ing to give you a ques­tion,” Trump told the jour­nal­ist from CNN, which re­ported on Tues­day that the Repub­li­can pres­i­dent-elect had been briefed by US in­tel­li­gence agen­cies about al­le­ga­tions that Rus­sian op­er­a­tives had com­pro­mis­ing in­for­ma­tion about him.

“You are fake news!” he told the re­porter in a mo­ment that re­ver­ber­ated on Twit­ter.

Trump’s com­ment that re­porters were “the only ones who care” about whether he re­leased his tax re­turns stirred up 165,000 tweets dur­ing the ses­sion. So­cial me­dia users asked oth­ers to “retweet if you’re not a re­porter and still care about see­ing Trump’s tax re­turns.”

In Rus­sia, the hash­tag #TrumpPressCon­fer­ence was a top-trend­ing topic dur­ing the news con­fer­ence and for sev­eral hours af­ter­ward.

“If Putin likes Don­ald Trump, I con­sider that an as­set, not a li­a­bil­ity be­cause we have a hor­ri­ble re­la­tion­ship with Rus­sia,” Trump, who takes of­fice on Jan. 20, said in ref­er­ence to the Rus­sian pres­i­dent.

“I don’t know that I’m go­ing to get along with Vladimir Putin. I hope I do. But there’s a good chance I won’t,” Trump said, prompt­ing thou­sands of tweets from peo­ple in Rus­sia.

There were some 80,000 tweets world­wide stamped with the #TrumpPressCon­fer­ence tag dur­ing the hour-long ses­sion with about 250 re­porters.

Twit­ter sen­ti­ment re­gard­ing Trump dur­ing the event was 14 per­cent pos­i­tive, 63 per­cent neu­tral and 23 per­cent neg­a­tive, ac­cord­ing to global dig­i­tal mar­ket­ing tech­nol­ogy com­pany Amobee.

Also stir­ring Twit­ter re­ac­tion were Trump’s com­ments about the wall he has pledged to build on the US-Mex­i­can bor­der and to have Mex­ico pay for.

He said he would not wait for ne­go­ti­a­tions with Mex­ico be­fore be­gin­ning con­struc­tion, but added: “Mex­ico in some form... will re­im­burse us.”

In re­sponse, for­mer Mex­i­can Pres­i­dent Vi­cente Fox tweeted:

“Nei­ther to­day, nor to­mor­row nor never Mex­ico will pay for that stupid wall.”

Vice Pres­i­den­t­elect Mike Pence is seen in the back­ground as US Pres­i­den­t­elect Don­ald Trump speaks dur­ing a press con­fer­ence in Trump Tower, Man­hat­tan, New York, US, Jan­uary 11, 2017. (Reuters)

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