Donald Trump promised on Friday that “we’re going to have a pretty big press conference on Monday.” Monday rolled around and Trump first issued a statement trying to look presidential by condemning white supremacist violence in tepid terms, then made a big production of signing a memorandum on China and intellectual property … but did not hold a press conference. As Trump posed for pictures after signing the document, a reporter shouted out a question, and that’s where things got really weird.
“Mr. President, can you explain why you did not condemn those hate groups by name over the weekend?”
“They’ve been condemned. They have been condemned.”
“And why are you not having a press conference today? You said on Friday that you’d have a press conference.”
“We had a press conference. We just had a press conference.”
“Can we ask you some more questions?”