Los Angeles, CA (Variety) — The major broadcast networks and cable news outlets interrupted regular programming to air President Trump's press conference live at the United Nations on Wednesday, the first since Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced a formal inquiry into impeachment proceedings the day before.
ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox stations, as well as MSNBC, CNN and Fox News, tuned into the conference, during which Trump meanderingly addressed the scandal surrounding his July 25 call with Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky.
When asked why the American people should be comfortable with an American president asking a foreign leader for information about an American citizen, Trump quickly diverted into a lengthy tangent about the 2016 election, recalling his electoral collegiate victory over political opponent Hillary Clinton.
“When you run a race, if you go by the electoral college, that's a much different race than by the popular vote,” he told reporters. “It's like the 100-yard dash or the mile. You train differently. And I can't help it that my opponent didn't go to Wisconsin and should've gone much more to Michigan and Pennsylvania and other places, but that's the way it is. We won an election convincingly, and then you had the text message … — Elaine Low/@Variety