Donald Trump beautifully played the D.C. press into airing what amounted to a 90-minute commercial for his new hotel today.Honored my ass---he'll probably bill the networks for their use of the ballroom.
Billed as a press conference on the vitally important issue of where Donald Trump thinks President Obama was born, most of the major networks began airing footage of the ballroom around 10:15 a.m. Trump—who showed up 90 minutes late, by the way—appeared twice: once to tout the hotel, and once again to lie.
“Nice hotel. Under budget and ahead of schedule. Isn’t that nice?” Trump said, taking the stage. “Amazing, amazing how good our country can do when we want to do it. But we have put in tremendous amounts of work and energy—and money—and I really believe, I said this will be the best hotel in Washington. I think it may be one of the great hotels anywhere in the world. That’s the way it turned out. So, really honored to have this as our first event.”
But Trump’s extreme trolling of the D.C. press corps wasn’t yet over. According to reporters on the scene, he then locked the reporters in the ballroom and took the pool cameras on a promotional tour of the hotel. When ABC reporter Candace Smith, the designated pool producer, attempted to accompany the cameraman, she says she was “physically restrained.”In today's suggestion box for the US news media:stop broadcasting Trump events live.