13 of the Most Memorable Quotes From Trump’s Latest Press Conference

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference, Feb. 16, 2017 / AP

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President Trump held an unscheduled press conference on Thursday at the White House during which he aired his grievances with the media, listed his accomplishments, and gave some memorable quotes.

Here are 13 of the most striking quotes from Trump's press conference.

1. Trump Calls Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer a ‘Lightweight'

TRUMP: He wanted it but we called, called, called. They can't make a meeting with him. Every day I walk in and I would like the meeting, but he was probably told by Schumer or somebody like that, some other lightweight, he was probably told don't meet with Trump.

2. Trump Says the Leaks About Contacting Russia Are Real, But the News Is Fake

REPORTER: Thank you, Mr. President. I want to get you to clarify this very important point. Can you say definitively that nobody on your campaign had any contacts with the Russians during the campaign? And on the leaks, is it fake news or are these real leaks?

TRUMP: Well, the leaks are real. You are the one that wrote about them and reported them. The leaks are real. You know what they said. You saw it. And the leaks are absolutely real. The news is fake because so much of the news is fake.

3. The White House Is a ‘Fine-Tuned Machine'

TRUMP: I won. And the other thing, chaos. There's zero chaos. We are running–this is a fun fine-tuned machine. Reince [Priebus] is doing a good job. Half his job is putting out lies by the press.

4. If John Podesta Worked for Trump, He Would Be Fired

TRUMP: In the other case you're talking about, John Podesta saying bad things about the boss. I will say this: if John Podesta said this about me and he was working for me, I would have fired him so fast your head would have spun.

5. Trump Mocks CNN Ratings

TRUMP: The panel is almost always exclusive anti-Trump. The good news is he doesn't have good ratings, but the panel is almost exclusive anti-Trump.

6. Trump Told a Black Reporter to Set-Up a Meeting With the Congressional Black Caucus

TRUMP: Well I tell you what, do you want to set up the meeting? Are they friends of yours? Set up a meeting, set up the meeting. I would love to meet with the Congressional Black Caucus. I think it's great.

7. Trump Tells Reporters He's Not Going to Tell Them Anything 

TRUMP: I'm not going to tell you about anything I'm going to do. I don't talk about military response.

8. Clinton Gave Away All the Uranium

TRUMP: We had Hillary Clinton give Russia 20 percent of the uranium in our country. You know what uranium is? This thing called nuclear weapons and other things, like lots of things are done with uranium, including some bad things.

9. Everything Is a Mess

TRUMP: To be honest, I inherited a mess. It's a mess. At home and abroad.

10. Trump Will Show Heart to DACA Kids

TRUMP: We're going to show great heart. DACA is a very, very difficult subject for me. For me it's one of the most difficult I have. Because you have these incredible kids, in many cases, not all, in some cases they have the DACA, drug dealers and gang members, too, but absolutely incredible kids. I would say mostly they were brought here in such a way–it's a very tough subject, we're going to have to deal with DACA with a lot of heart.

11. Trump Rejects Anti-Semitism 

TRUMP: Folks, number one, I am the least anti-semitic person that you have seen in your entire life.

12. Trump Tries to Find a Friend in the Room

TRUMP: I want to find a friendly reporter. Are you a friendly reporter? Watch how friendly he is. Go ahead.

13. CNN Is Full of Anger and Hatred

TRUMP: I don't mind bad stories. I can handle a bad story better than anybody. As long as it's true. And, you know, over a course of time, I'll make mistakes and you'll write badly. And I'm OK with it. But I'm not OK when it is fake. I watch CNN. It's so much anger and hatred and just the hatred. I don't watch it anymore.

Watch Trump's entire press conference here.

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