Refuting claims from CNN’s Jake Tapper that President Donald Trump was “unhinged” during his free-flowing Thursday press conference, Fox News reporter Chris Wallace said Trump was totally in control.
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As reported by Western Journalism, Tapper attacked Trump for a “wild” and “unhinged” press conference that failed to follow what Tapper thought should have been the outline for the event.
During the press conference, Trump extensively aired his grievances with the media, particularly CNN, while also touting the accomplishments of his administration’s first few weeks.
“There were some moments that made me uncomfortable,” Wallace told Fox News host Bill O’Reilly, “but he was not unhinged. This was a determined effort by this president to seize the narrative.”
Wallace said Trump was not speaking to the media, but to the people.
“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,’” he said.
Trump’s tone deflated the narrative that his administration is getting bogged down in the swamp instead of draining it, Wallace pointed out.
“Overall, I thought that he was in control,” Wallace said. “And he seized control of the narrative and said, ‘Chaos? Heck no. It’s running like a (fine)-tuned machine.’”
Although the media’s reaction to Trump’s comments dominated much of the headlines in the wake of Thursday’s press conference, Wallace said that what Trump does will far outweigh what he says.
“In the end, it will be results. I think too many White Houses, and when I covered Reagan, I thought this, stop paying attention to us and do your job,” Wallace said.
“If he improves the economy, if he gets tax reform through, if he gets Obamacare repealed and an effective (replacement) through, then it’s not going to matter,” Wallace said.
“And conversely, if he doesn’t get that stuff through and people’s lives don’t change, then he could have all the positive press in the world and it isn’t going to matter,” Wallace added.
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