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Greg Ruben / Axios

Trump had a wild week, as is the new norm since he became president 30 days ago. From his 80-minute press conference to his series of Tweetstorms... here is a week in Trump, as told by Trump.

Quotes below... in no particular order:

  1. Feb. 12, Twitter: "I know Mark Cuban well. He backed me big-time but I wasn't interested in taking all of his calls. He's not smart enough to run for president!"
  2. Feb. 16, press conference: "I won with news conferences and probably speeches. I certainly didn't win by people 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."
  3. Feb. 16 press conference: "I am the least anti-Semitic person that you've ever seen in your entire life. Number two, racism, the least racist person."
  4. Feb. 15, Twitter: "The fake news media is going crazy with their conspiracy theories and blind hatred. @MSNBC & @CNN are unwatchable. @foxandfriends is great!"
  5. Feb. 16 press conference: "Well, the leaks are real. You're the one that wrote about them and reported them; I mean, the leaks are real. You know what they said, you saw it, and the leaks are absolutely real. The news is fake because so much of the news is fake."
  6. Feb. 16 press conference, to African American reporter April Ryan: "Do you want to set up a meeting? ... Are they friends of yours? ... Let's go set up a meeting. I would love to meet with the Black Caucus. I think it's great, the Congressional Black Caucus. I think it's great."
  7. Feb. 16 press conference: "We had a very smooth rollout of the travel ban; we had a bad court."
  8. Feb. 15, Twitter: "This Russian connection non-sense is merely an attempt to cover-up the many mistakes made in Hillary Clinton's losing campaign."
  9. Feb. 12, Twitter: "Just leaving Florida. Big crowds of enthusiastic supporters lining the road that the FAKE NEWS media refuses to mention. Very dishonest!"
  10. Feb. 16 press conference: "ISIS has spread like cancer — another mess I inherited."

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