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Trump rides a roller coaster of grievance, victimhood and braggadocio as Finland's leader looks on; The Debrief: An occasional series offering a reporter's insights

Oct 02, 2019 - Washington Post Blogs

The rowdy, meandering and combative news conference Wednesday began with President Trump marveling at the media.

"Look at all the press that you attract," he told Finnish President Sauli Niinistö as the two men faced a room of reporters. "Do you believe this? Very impressive."

It ended with Trump excoriating the press as "corrupt people" who undermine U.S. democracy.

"If the press were straight and honest and forthright and tough we would be a far greater nation," he said.

For the 40 minutes in between, the East Room of the White House played host to a roller coaster display of the grievance, victimhood, falsehoods and braggadocio that have come to define Trump's presidency - a combustible mix that has only become more potent as the president faces the growing threat of impeach...