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President Trump denounced news reports about a White House in chaos during a lengthy press conference on Thursday that touched on Russia, the administration's agenda and his tempestuous relationship with the media.
Trump repeatedly insisted that his administration is off to a smooth and effective start while airing his grievances against the intelligence community, the political press and Senate Democrats, whom he slammed for blocking his Cabinet picks.
“I turn on the TV, open the newspapers and I see stories of chaos. Chaos. Yet it is the exact opposite. This administration is running like a fine-tuned machine,” he said.
This week has been a particularly tough one for the Trump White House, which saw national security adviser Michael Flynn resign under pressure and Labor Secretary nominee Andy Puzder withdraw his controversial nomination because of Republican objections.
Critical news stories suggesting that Trump’s legislative agenda to repeal and replace ObamaCare and reform the tax code are stuck in a congressional quagmire have added to the sense of a presidency in trouble.
Congressional investigators are also pledging to forge ahead with a probe into the Trump team’s ties to Russia after Flynn’s ousting, which was related to talks he had with Russia about sanctions during the transition.
Trump did not definitively rule out the possibility his campaign advisers had contact with Russian operatives, despite being pressed three separate times. But he insisted he has no entanglements with Moscow.
“I had nothing to do with it. I have nothing to do with Russia. I told you, I have no deals there, I have no anything,” he said.
When pressed about his aides’ communications, which were the subject of New York Times and CNN reports this week, Trump responded “nobody that I know.”
He said former campaign adviser Paul Manafort is a “respected man” who denied knowingly speaking with Russian intelligence officials.
Trump sought to deflect attention from allegations of improper contact with Russia to the leaks that exposed them, an argument he’s frequently made in recent days.
He said he instructed the Justice Department to investigate the leaks detailing internal White House tumult, including several contentious phone calls with U.S. allies.
He lambasted the “out of control” news media for reporting on the leaks. But when asked if they were “real,” Trump responded, “the leaks are absolutely real, the news is fake.”