President Donald Trump held a press conference Thursday, and it's safe to say it was unlike most media briefings. Though the event was ostensibly held to announce Alexander Acosta as the new labor secretary nominee, Trump touched on a number of subjects, including recently departed National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, nuclear holocaust and his lack of anti-Semitism.
Trump also announced he would issue a new executive order on immigration during the lengthy conference, which came amid continued controversy over his administration's alleged ties to Russia.
Here are 10 quick quotes from Trump's Thursday remarks:
1. On relations with Russia and classified briefings on the potential of nuclear war
"Nuclear holocaust would be no like no other. They're a very powerful nuclear country and so are we."
2. On BBC News, which Trump compared unfavorably to CNN
"There's another beauty."
3. On leaks coming out of the White House, which, among other things, helped reveal Flynn had been dishonest regarding a conversation with a Russian ambassador
"The leaks are real ... the news is fake."
4. On his communications, or lack thereof, with Russia and his business dealings there
"Russia is fake news."
5. On anti-Semitism and racism
"I am the least anti-Semitic person that you've ever seen in your entire life. No. 2: Racism. The least racist person."
6. On the election, how he won and the media
"That's how I won, I won with news conference and probably speeches. I certainly didn't win by people, [pointing at reporters] listening to you people, that's for sure. But I'm having a good time. Tomorrow they will say, 'Donald Trump rants and raves at the press.' I'm not ranting and raving, I'm just telling you, you know, you're dishonest people. But, but, I'm not ranting and raving. I love this, I'm having a good time doing it. But tomorrow the headlines are going to be, 'Donald Trump rants and raves.' I'm not ranting and raving."
7. On CNN
"I watch CNN. It's so much anger and hatred. And just the hatred. I don't watch it anymore."
8. On drugs
"We're becoming a drug-infested nation. Drugs are becoming cheaper than candy bars. We're not going to let it happen any longer."
9. On Michael Flynn talking with a Russian ambassador about sanctions
"When I looked at the information I said I don't think he did anything wrong. If anything, he did something right."
10. On the new labor secretary nominee, who will replace Andrew Puzder — the previous nominee who dropped out Wednesday
"I just wanted to begin by mentioning that the nominee for Secretary of the Department of Labor will be Mr. Alex Acosta. He has a degree from Harvard Law School, a great student. Former clerk for Justice Samuel Alito and he has had a tremendous career."