Breitbart had front-row seat at Trump presser


A front-row seat was reserved for Breitbart News at Donald Trump’s highly anticipated first press conference as president-elect, The Associated Press reported. 

{mosads}A Republican National Committee (RNC) aide saved the seat for a Breitbart reporter, the AP said. It was the only spot to be reserved by an RNC staffer at the event, which included some 250 journalists. 

Matthew Boyle, Breitbart’s Washington political editor, represented the conservative news outlet during Wednesday’s event. 

Stephen Bannon, who is now Trump’s chief strategist and senior counselor, previously served as Breitbart’s executive chairman.

Trump’s first press conference since July was a freewheeling affair covering a wide range of topics.

The president-elect discussed national intelligence, Russian hacking and his frustrations with the media during the raucous, 58-minute event.

Trump also refused to take a question from CNN’s Jim Acosta, prompting a fiery exchange between the two men. 

“Your organization is terrible,” he told Acosta before passing him over for Boyle instead.

“You’re attacking us, can you give us a question?” Acosta asked repeatedly, referencing Trump’s ongoing criticism of CNN.

“Don’t be rude,” Trump retorted. “No, I’m not going to give you a question. You are fake news.”

CNN late Tuesday evening reported that intelligence officials had briefed Trump on a dossier of unverified material about his ties with Russia.

The document, consisting of 35 pages of memos compiled by a former British intelligence official allegedly at the behest of Trump’s political opponents, claims Russia’s government possesses compromising financial and personal information about Trump.

The report also claims that people close to Trump kept in touch with Moscow during the 2016 presidential race.

Boyle used his question to ask Trump about media ethics and the impact of “fake news.”

“Some of the media outlets that I deal with are fake news more so than anybody,” Trump responded.  “I could name them, but I won’t bother. You have a few sitting right in front of us.” 

“They’re very, very dishonest people, but I think it’s just something we’re going to have to live with. I guess the advantage I have is that I can speak back.”    

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