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this is "nightline." tonight, beat the press. >> russia is fake news. >> president trump in a combative press conference, defending his ex-national security adviser, lashing about intelligence leaks, and battlings reporters. >> do you want to set up the meeting? do you want to set up the meeting? >> putting his spin on his first weeks in office. >> this administration is running like a fine-tuned machine. plus, this is everything. this transgender youtube star is famous for bearing her soul to her nearly 2.5 million subscribers. now she's sharing intimate details of her transition for the first time.
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>> i've been on hormones for a year now. >> how she went from gregory to gigi and her family's journey of acceptance. mariah carey redeeming herself after her disastrous appearance on dick clark's new year's rocking eve. with a killer performance on "jimmy kimmel live!" >> did the song have a hidden message for her ex-fiance? but first the "nightline" 5.
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♪ good evening, thank you for joining us. it was part press conference, part performance art, as president trump went on an epic offensive today, insulting the press for what he calls fake news. denying any chaos or wrongdoing in his administration. instead, pointing fingers at the intelligence community, vowing to investigate illegal leaks of classified information. abc's david wright asks, was he on point, or out of bounds? >> ladies and gentlemen, the president of the united states. >> reporter: today the presidential press conference, that august american tradition. >> quiet, quiet. quiet. >> reporter: entered the era of trump. >> it's all fake news. it's all fake news. >> reporter: he didn't so much confer with reporters -- >> where are you from?
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>> bbc. >> there's another beauty. >> that's a good line. impartial, free and fair. >> yeah, sure. just like cnn, right? >> reporter: he made it crystal clear, he views them with contempt. >> tomorrow they will say donald trump rants and raves at the press conference. i'm not ranting and raving, i'm just telling you, you're dishonest people. but i'm not ranting and raving. i love this, i'm having a good time doing it. >> reporter: trump took on the impression his administration is off to a rocky start. i s >> i see stories of chaos, but it's the exact opposite. this administration is running like a fine-tuned machine. >> reporter: if anyone doesn't believe that, it's the news media's fault, not his, according to trump. >> the media is trying to attack our administration, because they know we are following through on pledges that we made and they're not happy about it.
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for forever reason. >> reporter: was this donald trump unleashed or donald trump unhingeed? >> i think it was a bit of both. i think that it was a look inside the mind of the president, just less than four weeks into the administration. >> reporter: asked repeatedly about whether any campaign officials or advisers had spoken to the russians, even after u.s. intelligence agencies accused russia of mettling in the election -- >> russia is a ruse. i have nothing to do with russia. haven't made a phone call to russia in years, don't speak to people from russia, not that i wouldn't, i just have nobody to speak to. >> reporter: trump would not give an inch. >> russia is fake news. this is fake news put out by the media. >> reporter: as for the national security adviser trump fired this week, after he was exposed misrepresenting a conversation he'd had with the russian ambassador and misleading mike pence about it, the president tried to have it both ways. >> yes, john.
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>> thank you, mr. president. can you say definitively that nobody on your campaign had any contacts with the russians during the campaign, and on the leaks, is it fake news, or are these real leaks? >> well, the leaks are real. you're the one that wrote about them and reported them. the leaks are real. you know what they said, you saw it. the leaks are absolutely real. the news is fake, because so much of the news is fake. >> reporter: trump insisted general mike flynn's real sin wasn't that he reached out to the russians. >> mike flynn is a fine person, and i asked for his resignation. he respectfully gave it. >> reporter: but that he didn't tell the vice president the truth about what was discussed. >> he was just doing his job. the thing is, he didn't tell our vice president properly and then he said he didn't remember, so either way, it wasn't very satisfactory to me. >> reporter: and he insisted the leaks that exposed flynn's dishonesty are the real problem. >> what was wrong was the way
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that other people, including yourselves in this room, were given that information. that was classified information, it was given illegally. >> i don't understand how any of his supporters, or anyone in congress can turn a blind eye to these accusations and intel from our intelligence community. talking about the connection between russia and the trump campaign. >> reporter: another major headline to emerge from the press conference, had to do with trump's targeted travel ban. the president now says he'll issue a brand-new order, as early as next week. >> we have some of the best lawyers in the country working on it. and the new executive order is being tailored to the decision we got down from the court. okay? >> reporter: trump refused to take any blame for the chaos at america's airports after the rollout of that first order, or the constitutional objections raised by the courts. >> we had a bad court. we had a court that gave us what
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i consider to be, with great respect, a very bad decision. very bad for the safety and security of our country. the rollout was perfect. >> reporter: on immigration, trump signalled he's open to allowing the so-called dreamers to stay, young men and women brought here illegally as children, most of whom have broken no laws, but now face the threat of deportation. >> daca is a difficult subject for me, i will tell you. it's one of the most difficult, because you have these incredible kids, not in all cases, sometimes they're gang members and drug dealers too. >> reporter: daca is an obama administration policy designed to protect those kids from deportation. >> i love these kids. i love kids. i have kids and grandkids. and i find it very, very hard doing what the law says exactly to do. >> reporter: trump was also asked about his promises to
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improve life in the inner cities. >> mr. president, i need to find out from you, you said something as it relates to inner cities. that was one of your platforms during your campaign. >> fix the inner cities. >> reporter: reporter april ryan pressed him for details. >> when you say the inner cities, are you going to include the cbc in your kfrgdss with your urban agenda, you're inner city agenda -- >> include who? >> the congressional black caucus -- >> well, i would, do you want to set up the meeting? >> no, no, no. >> are they friends of yours? >> i'm just a reporter. >> set up the meeting. let's go, set up a meeting. i would love to meet with the black caucus. >> what he said to april ryan, a 20-year veteran reporter of the white house was essentially all black people know each other. donald trump time and time again has told us that's how he thinks. >> reporter: on capitol hill, abc's mary bruce tracked down a member of the black caucus who
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raised an eyebrow. >> bauecause there was a black woman in the room, the assumption was that some way, somehow, in spate ite of the fa that she was a reporter, she had a unique contact with the congressional black caucus. >> you don't think he would have asked another reporter to set up a meeting like that? >> i don't think he would have asked you. >> are you a friendly reporter? >> reporter: one of many awkward minutes. >> that was unlike any news conference i've ever seen. >> i'm changing it from fake news. very fake news. >> but arenack and forth, aggre contentious. he called on 17 different reporters. suddenly, no holds barred. >> not too many. we do have other people. >> he seemed to most relish and enjoy fighting with reporter rs on tough questions. >> and i'd be a pretty good reporter, not as good as you. >> and yet we weren't expecting a press conference today, were
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we? >> no, we weren't. >> reporter: reporters had been summoned to the east room of the white house, expecting to hear about trump's new pick for labor secretary, replacing the fast-food executive who withdrew yesterday in the wake of a scandal. the new nominee, from the florida university law school. he wasn't even in the room. >> i think he'll be a tremendous secretary of labor. >> reporter: even if trump didn't manage to change the subject, he framed it in his own terms. it's unclear how it will play with the voters. as for the president's prediction -- >> tomorrow, they will say donald trump rants and raves -- >> the cover of tomorrow os new york post says it all, the wildest show on earth. today, not so much a press conference but a media circus. i'm david wright for "nightline" in new york. up next, transgender youtube
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♪ ♪ you know, gigi gorgeous has posted nearly 500 youtube videos over almost nine years, on everything from her sex life, to her sex change. so perhaps the most shocking thing of all, there are still intimate details she's never shared. her new documentary, shedding
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light on her transition from gregory to gigi gorgeous. as part of our series, social stars. for the glamourous youtube star whose life is an open book, there are a few chapters she's kept to herself. >> i have been on hormones now for a year. >> reporter: some of the nitty gritty of her long and sometimes painful transition from a boy named gregory, to gigi gorgeous. >> me and my bras. calvin klein, victoria's secret. >> reporter: the documentary, this is everything, gigi gorgeous, chronicles the intimate back story of her and her family's path to acceptance. >> hey, guys, today i decided that i would do a top ten skin and hair care. >> gregory lazzarato introduced himself on a relatively new forum, youtube. >> i'm going to be doing a tutorial. >> reporter: as a gay teenager,
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sharing his love of makeup. and talking about dating boys. >> and the next day, he added me on facebook. like he was so cute. >> reporter: but then, tragedy struck. >> when my mom found out that she had cancer, she just kept saying, i feel like i might die i don't want to. >> when she was diagnosed with cancer, she was a fighter. and she was so strong. >> reporter: his mother died of cancer when he was only 19. >> if she were here, what would you say to her? >> i would tell her that i love her, and that you for being there for me for the first 19 beautiful years of my life. and teaching me that i can always achieve what i want. you know. reach for the stars. no dream is unachievable. >> today i'm going to be doing a very personal video. >> reporter: it was only after his mother passed that he had the courage to come out as transgender. >> basically just thought it was time to make this video and make the announcement that i am transgender. >> reporter: she didn't get to watch your transition at all,
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but if she were here today, what do you think she would say? >> i think we would be sharing a lot of clothes. >> having gigi happy is way more important than me having greg. >> reporter: initially bewildered dad eventually became one of gigi's biggest supporters. >> he needed to really understand and get on board, and it tyke him a little while. >> you're looking good. >> reporter: and you see him stumbling with the pronouns a bit and your name. >> absolutely. and that was something that bothered me, because that's the one thing they needed. that's my advice for any parent out there with transgender children or friends. call them what they want to be called, because that's their identity. >> i think he could transition from being the father he thought he wanted to be and thought he was, to the father that he is now and was destined to be. >> reporter: it's her unflinching honesty that fans say is refreshing. attracting nearly 2.5 million
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youtube sub skrubers, watching her every move. those clicks opening the to modeling gigs and partnerships with revlon. her life, a whirlwind, shopping on a quick trip to new york's fashion week, including a front seat at christian siriano's side. at her time, her devoted girlfriend. >> you know she has a brand, right? strike oil. >> yes, i do. >> reporter: their relationship, raising eyebrows, since gigi in the past always talked about dating and being attracted to men. >> i used to like really muscular, really tall, like manly boys. >> reporter: but after she fell for nats, she took to youtube again. >> i am a lesbian. >> i felt compelled to come out and make a video coming out as a lesbian, i see myself that way. >> so you're not bisexual? >> no. >> it's crazy, i have fathers
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that come and they're like, oh, my goodness, i can't believe i'm meeting you, me and my daughter watch your videos and we bond over it. >> reporter: we met gigi last year in los angeles. >> i love it. it's very versace. >> reporter: where we went shopping for the first time. going for a spin in her custom designed ford mustang. >> this is a moment. >> reporter: on the hunt for another killer outfit. >> why do i look like a muppet but you look like a rock star. i look like a muppet. >> gigi is something of a hollywood "it" girl, teaming with miley cyrus to raise awareness for transgender issues. >> everybody, miley cyrus! >> reporter: even introducing her at the vmas. but the road to stardom hasn't always been easy. did you ever get bullied or harassed? >> absolutely. i was bullied awful, in elementary school. when high school came around, i
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found mids, my strength and my voice. >> reporter: which is why she wants to be a voice for others. even when the haters come out, it's her fans who keep her strong. >> they've helped me overcome so many struggles, when i've felt like giving up, i think about them, what they see in me. i think about what i've done for them. and i want to give it more back to them. >> and gigi's new documentary is streaming now on youtube red. up next -- mariah carey rebounding from her new year's eve heartbreaker, with a performance of y"i don't" on "jimmy kimmel live!" >> was her song choice a dig at her ex-fiancee? this presidents' day, get to nissan now... ?
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♪ ♪ and finally tonight, it was the legendary football coach vince lombardi who once said real glory is being knocked to your knees and then coming back. one pop diva is taking a page
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from that playbook. ♪ ♪ >> reporter: maria is back, and this time she's not messing up or messing around. ♪ ♪ i'm tired of crying >> the diva belting out her newest single "i don't" on "jimmy kimmel live!." it was her first live tv performance since her disastrous showing on dick clark's new year's rocking eve. her solid showing, perhaps the turning of a new leaf for the 46-year-old song stress. the popstar headed back to the studio to record the track on the final episode of her show, "i don't," dedicated to her split. the new video shows her setting her wedding dress ablaze.
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careey is finally ready to shake it off, seem with rumored new boyfriend brian tanaka at last night's new clipper game. she even participated in the sing-along. her bounceback is just in time for her planned kickoff of her north american all the hits tour, alongside musical legend lionel richie this month. ♪ ♪ the lady sings the blues. thanks for watching abc news, and as always, we're online at
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