President Trump struck back at the news media and mounted a defense of his still-young administration Thursday, saying the press was “out of control” with attacks on him, and that the White House was running like a “fine-tuned machine.”
At a hastily arranged press conference, Mr. Trump accused news organizations of ignoring his successes and attempting to undermine him with “fake news,” saying that much of the news media was working to protect the special interests and status quo in Washington that he was elected to destroy.
“The media’s trying to attack our administration because they know we are following through on pledges that we made, and they’re not happy about it,” he said at the freewheeling press conference, where he answered questions from a variety of new outlets for more than an hour.
“I see [news] stories of chaos, chaos, yet it is the exact opposite,” said Mr. Trump. “This administration is running like a fine-tuned machine despite the fact that I can’t get my Cabinet approved.”
He rattled off early successes, including the record highs in the stock market, major companies such as Ford opting to keep factories in the U.S., the cancellation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal and ordering the Pentagon to devise new plans to destroy the Islamic State.