How Trump wins press conferences How the US outsourced border security to Mexico 2 days ago   12:37

Trump has turned press conferences into a ritual of hate -- is it still worth watching?

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The White House press conference has always been a frustrating spectacle, with reporters trying to pry information from government officials who do everything in their power to avoid sharing too much information. But these press conferences are typically appreciated because of their symbolic value -- they reaffirm the democratic idea that the government must answer to the people.

That symbolic value has changed under Trump, who uses press conferences to stage high profile fights with the press and mobilize his base.

On Strikethrough, Vox producer Carlos Maza explores the challenges facing the news media in the age of Trump. Follow Carlos on Facebook for more: is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out

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Justin Leu
You guys should lighten up and get a sense of humor he only has the most important job in the northern hemisphere
Kaiser Wilhelm II Von Hohenzollern
All I wish is to defeat America at this time
Vox should have played "We are the Champions" when Trump walked in haha
Freeloving MGTOW
The media is not going to let Trump lose in 2020. He will probably win anyways. But if it looks like he is losing they are going to trash the democrats. Trump makes news, lots of news.
Mujhtaba A.
Wait a media outlet is sympathising with other media outlets??
Brandon Stennett
Hey ,favor could you guys explain the NO BAIL SWEDEN SITUATION ? would help us ASAP.
Vulcan Princess
both flawed. both are flawed, trump and press. trump more flawed, press still badly flawed
Vulcan Princess
Journalstic response that makes sense from accosta: "president are you goading me to stoop to your level of ___"
Vulcan Princess
you dont have to misrepresent data to prove your point though. im on your side, but cmon, we're playing into his hands if you do that sortof thing like at 8:00 min in this video "this little guy right here" is a vague representation/misrepresentation. can we not be better than this???
Vulcan Princess
yeah jim acosta shoulda been way more f'ing assertive cuz that's the game trump plays
Great Red Brangus
I actually liked this one.
Got to say, there is a quality drop in vox
12:09 also, just keep them off balance. send someone else in Acosta's place to ask questions, have immigrants on the receiving end of his detainment policies show up to ask why it had to happen. If there's one thing a conman fears more than anything else, it's facing their former marks.

remember the trump administration cannot think on their feet, they have one tactic and can't adapt to a changing situation. so simply forcing them to try to adapt puts the press briefing back on the presses terms.
Ken Lombardi
Is this guy still making videos?
Superior infernape
how bad have you have to be , to be overrun by Trump ? just asking you hilary .
franco luis sotomayor
This mentality of winning is the first problem. Esta brutal mano
Elijah W.
This is such a pointless video
Student Prince
He wins because he is for our country and he is your president. He speaks the truth and the weak can't handle it.
y o u a r e f a k e n e w s
Sean Langlois
Steve says hi
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How the US outsourced border security to Mexico How Trump wins press conferences 2 days ago   14:47

Mexico is doing America's immigration dirty work.
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For the first time ever in 2014, the U.S. recorded more undocumented migrants from Central America than from Mexico. In particular, 52,000 unaccompanied children were detained between October 2013 and June 2014. With what seemed to be a looming humanitarian crisis to deal with, the Obama administration enlisted the help of Mexico, and President Enrique Peña Nieto's administration.

Together, they launched the Southern Border Program initiative: the U.S. provided funding, equipment, and training to Mexico in exchange for a crackdown along Mexico's southern border. After all, many would-be migrants from Central America to the U.S. must pass through Mexico first.

This policy worked for a few years, but levels of undocumented migrants are on the rise again. And the mounting human costs make it increasingly difficult to call a success.

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