If there’s one thing everybody can agree on, it’s that President Donald Trump’s press conferences are never dull. According to Fox News’ Chris Wallace, though, Thursday’s presser was the moment that Trump asserted himself as a strong leader who will not buckle to the pressures of the Capitol Hill establishment.
During an interview with Bill O’Reilly, Wallace admitted that some moments of the press conference made him feel “uncomfortable” and chided Trump for striking some questionable political chords.
However, Wallace also had plenty of praise for the president.
“I think that this was a determined effort by this president, who is by far the best spokesman in his administration for his administration, to seize the narrative,” Wallace opined, noting that there have been stories out of Washington D.C. depicting a White House in disarray.
“This was a president saying, ‘I’m in charge. I know what I’m doing. I’m not going to bend to Washington. Washington’s going to have to get used to me,’” Wallace continued.
According to the “Fox News Sunday” anchor, Trump skillfully showed viewers that he had adopted his own style of governance that is unconventional by political standards but effective nonetheless.
“And he seized control of the narrative and said, ‘Chaos? Heck no. It’s running like a fine-tuned machine,” Wallace said.
On Thursday, Trump took issue with the media’s depiction of his administration as disorganized and plagued by infighting, claiming that “it is the exact opposite.” He also fired back against allegations of an insidious connection between his administration and Russia, expressed his disapproval of the intelligence community’s frequent leaks, and chastised the media for sensationalism.
“Tomorrow they will say, ‘Donald Trump rants and raves at the press,” he said. “I’m not ranting and raving. I’m just telling you – you know, you’re dishonest people. But I’m not ranting and raving. I love this. I’m having a good time doing it.”
Trump even got the extra-special opportunity to upgrade CNN’s famous “fake news” designation to a whole new level: VERY fake news.