Chuck Todd: BuzzFeed Did Trump A "Political Favor," Press Conference Was A Circus

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Chuck Todd reacts to Donald Trump's first press conference since being elected president of the United States. Todd said BuzzFeed did Trump "a favor" by publishing a leak of unsubstantiated intelligence Russia has on Trump, which notably has embarrassing personal details.

"Let's be honest here," Todd said. "Politically BuzzFeed did Donald Trump a political favor today by doing what they did, by going ahead and making it all public, because it allowed them to deny a specific without having to deal with the bigger picture."

"This was a circus," Todd observed. "We've never seen a president-elect a transition like we saw today."

"So I am struck at how normal crazy looked to us today. This was just a crazy scene, but this is the norm of Donald Trump, and in fact, this is where he's most comfortable," the Meet the Press moderator said.

Todd also said Trump made the press look "disjointed" and "unorganized."

"this is where he's most comfortable and I will say this. Just as a political show. If you're Donald Trump, you want these press conferences, because it made the press look disjointed, unorganized, all this stuff, and his people, you know, he just, it was a performance for his supporters and his people," Todd said.

CHUCK TODD: I was struck big picture wise which is of how normal a circus is now to us. This was a circus. We've never seen a president-elect a transition like we saw today where the press conference gets interrupted, you have a lawyer in here, the lawyer does half legal talk, half political spin. I've never seen that, using the lawyer to say, 'He's here to make America great again and by the way, I'm going to play constitutional lawyer. I don't think this but clearly a constitutional lawyer told us that we better not accept any of this money.' So they went ahead and made that exception.

So I am struck at how normal crazy looked to us today. This was just a crazy scene, but this is the norm of Donald Trump, and in fact, this is where he's most comfortable and I will say this. Just as a political show. If you're Donald Trump, you want these press conferences, because it made the press look disjointed, unorganized, all this stuff, and his people, you know, he just, it was a performance for his supporters and his people, so I would say this. If you're looking for answers out of Donald Trump, it's the one on one interviews, and I don't just say that because I'm biased about one on one interviews at Meet the Press. It is just that he is very good at deflection and his press conferences that he doesn't want to answer and there was a lot of that deflection here and there.

I don't think this was a good day for Rex Tillerson because of Donald Trump's press conference. I think he was too soft on Putin, and being too soft on Putin, Tillerson is being hurt a little bit. He's already had a very uncomfortable back and forth with not only Marco Rubio but also claimed I don't think I personally lobbied against the sanctions and then Bob Corker having to say well I believe you made a phone call to me. So Russia's the centerpiece of Tillerson.

He's getting essentially softened up for being too soft on Putin and on this, and then Donald Trump today didn't come, didn't sound like I want to get to the bottom of this with Putin, and then of course there's the intel community. This rift now -- if we were again, if this were Turkey, okay, and we saw that the Turkish intelligence officials were leaking stuff on Erdogan, we'd say, boy, there's a political crisis going on in that country. That's what this looks like on the outside to the world.

The next commander in chief and the best and biggest and most powerful intelligence services in the world, the United States of America, are at war with each other? This is a problem, and this we would say -- our intel people would assess a country situation right now as there's an unstable leadership situation.

ALI VELSHI: That's just a weird fight to continue to make public. If he really thinks that the five people in the room leaked something or someone in there leaked them that is a serious conversation for the president-elect to have with the people in the room. Not with this.

TODD: Look, somebody decided to leak this. Let's be honest here. Politically BuzzFeed did Donald Trump a political favor today by doing what they did, by going ahead and making it all public, because it allowed them to deny a specific without having to deal with the bigger picture.

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