Perhaps the funniest anecdote to emerge from Trump’s trainwreck “media summit” with the heads of the five major news networks is the story of how he treated NBC News President Deborah Turness. It shows, in equal parts, how monumentally vain and terrifyingly unstable Trump is.
Politico got the scoop:
The source said the meeting started with a typical Trump complaint about the “dishonest media,” and that he specifically singled out CNN and NBC News for example as “the worst.”
He also complained about photos of himself that NBC used that he found unflattering, the source said.
Trump turned to NBC News President Deborah Turness at one point, the source said, and told her the network won’t run a nice picture of him, instead choosing “this picture of me,” as he made a face with a double chin. Turness replied that they had a “very nice” picture of him on their website at the moment.
The belligerent behavior from Trump described by Politico’s source corresponds with several other sources placed at the meeting and speaking with other outlets independently. One source, from the New York Post, described Trump as nearly despondent, red-faced with rage over his treatment by the press.
“Trump kept saying, ‘We’re in a room of liars, the deceitful dishonest media who got it all wrong.’ He addressed everyone in the room calling the media dishonest, deceitful liars. He called out Jeff Zucker by name and said everyone at CNN was a liar, and CNN was [a] network of liars,” the source said.
These reports contradict Trump’s senior adviser Kellyanne Conway, who described a “productive meeting” that was “cordial, candid and honest.” Given what we now know from others, these are complete lies from Trump’s veteran campaign manager bordering on outright propaganda.
It’s unclear exactly which picture of Trump’s “double chin” upset him so much. A brief look at NBC News’ homepage shows several pictures of Trump, but none that look worthy of the meltdown Trump just threw. And even if there were an unflattering picture, so what? Trump is about to be President of the United States. Obama endured eight years of relentless and cruel attacks by conservatives and did so with dignity and grace.
As candidate for president and now President-elect, Trump has been photographed quite literally tens of thousands of times. They aren’t all winners. It’s disturbing to know that while he is supposed to be running the country, he will be busy pouring over news websites to see how pudgy his face is – when he’s not harassing Broadway performers or the cast of SNL.
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