In a rare move, Trump actually faced reporters on Friday. It did not go well for him.

Minutes after Trump concluded his extended, incoherent babbling to reporters Friday, the broad consensus among those who watched it was that it was utter nonsense and lies.

“We just watched 45 minutes of scamapalooza, ranging from North Korea to Russia. This president deceived the American people on a number of different issues,” said Rep. Eric Swawell (D-CA) on CNN.

Among the many bizarre comments Trump made was his repeated praise of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and his insistence that the U.S. now has a “great” relationship with the brutal regime.

“He again shows that he is incapable and he’s too weak to directly confront the most ruthless leaders in the world,” Swawell said.

“He did this with Putin,” Swalwell continued. “He said he can’t ask Putin about Russian interference because it really offends Putin. Well, I’m sorry Mr. President, you stand for our Americans, not for Russia. And again, why couldn’t he bring up the human rights violations in North Korea?”

In a stunt designed to give an interview to his supporters on Fox News, Trump stepped out of the White House and opined on a host of topics.

He blamed President Barack Obama for Vladimir Putin’s invasion and occupation of Crimea.

He dismissed the pile of scandals relating to EPA administrator Scott Pruitt.

He refused to address his role in dictating a false statement on behalf of his son Donald Jr. about his campaign’s meeting with Russian operatives, and said lying was OK if he simply lied to the New York Times.

He lied repeatedly.

He said Paul Manafort only worked for him “for a short period of time.” Manafort worked on the Trump campaign for five months and was chairman.

He claimed that the parents of Korean War veterans asked him to bring their remains home. Those people would be over 110 years old.

He said the Inspector General report on the FBI’s email investigation exonerated him. It did not.

He said he “solved” the North Korean nuclear threat. In reality, he signed a vague and essentially meaningless agreement while giving North Korea a propaganda coup.

He claimed that families are being separated at the border because of a Democratic law. In reality, his administration triggered family separations.

Swalwell called Trump’s swirling cyclone of lies, nonsense, and shameful comments “scamapalooza.” He was accurate.

Published with permission of The American Independent.