President Trump takes on Chicago violence, the media in wide-ranging press conference

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WASHINGTON -- President Trump spoke with reporters for more than hour during a contentious press conference Thursday, announcing his new Labor Secretary nominee, Alexander Acosta, before covering topics from Russia to how to fix problems in the country's cities.

Here are some of the topics he covered:

Violence in Chicago

President Trump said there are "two Chicagos":

"One Chicago that is incredible, luxurious and safe. There is another Chicago that is worse than almost any of the places in the Middle East that we talk about and that you talk about on the news."

On Flynn's resignation and Russia

President Trump also said former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn was just doing his job when he spoke to a Russian diplomat about sanctions. Then later in the day, the Washington Post reported that when the FBI interviewed Flynn about the discussion he lied, which is a felony.

The president also said stories about Russia are "fake news" put out by the media. Although in a 2013 interview with MSNBC, Trump said he had a relationship with Vladimir Putin and that he was very interested in what was happening in the U.S.

International issues

The president said he is trying to move swiftly on his campaign promises but says the country he took over is riddled with problems. He says he inherited a mess both nationally and internationally, and he defended his travel ban and deportation policies.

The media and "fake news"

At times, the president was defiant while challenging reporters. He continued harping on the election numbers, falsely saying he had the biggest electoral college since Ronald Reagan.

Another false statement was that the media has a lower approval rating than Congress. Most studies show congress has 50 percent negative rating as opposed to the media's 40 percent which has grown since Donald Trump started campaigning.

Here's the full video of the press conference: