Today, Donald Trump held his first news conferences since being elected president.
In some respects, it was reminiscent of pressers given by Barack Obama — which should not be construed as praise. Trump had to be asked by three different reporters if he believed Russia was behind the hacking of the DNC emails before giving this answer:
As far as hacking, I think it was Russia. But I think we also get hacked by other countries and other people. And I — I can say that you know when — when we lost 22 million names and everything else that was hacked recently, they didn’t make a big deal out of that. That was something that was extraordinary. That was probably China.
He was similarly elusive on the question of his tax returns, avoiding the topic the first time it was broached, ultimately engaging in this back-and-forth with a reporter:
Trump: You know, the only one that cares about my tax returns are the reporters, OK? They’re the only who ask.
Reporter: You don’t think the American public is concerned about it?
Trump: No I don’t think so. I won, when I became president. No, I don’t think they care at all. I don’t think they care at all.
This was greeted by applause from the gallery.
When it comes to style, one paragraph will suffice to give an impression of Trump speaking off-the-cuff…