On the latest episode of the O’Reilly Factor, Chris Wallace translates what President Trump’s press conference was really all about.
During said conference, President Trump stated, “The media is trying to attack our administration because of the pledges we have made and they’re not happy about it. But a lot of people are happy about it.”
Instead of letting the liberal, establishment media tell the story of his administration (“stories of chaos”), President Trump decided to reclaim the story and, ultimately, establish that he is “in charge.”
It is as simple as that.
According to The Hill:
Fox News anchor Chris Wallace said what he took away from Donald Trump’s contentious press conference on Thursday the president’s attempt to say to the D.C. establishment and media, “I’m in charge.”
Wallace, the host of “Fox News Sunday,” also said in an interview on “The O’Reilly Factor” that Trump’s actions as president will make his combative demeanor in such settings irrelevant when it comes to his reelection prospects.
“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 told host Bill O’Reilly on Thursday evening.
“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.”
Trump ripped reports that his administration was in “chaos,” saying the “exact opposite” was true and adding that the first month of his presidency found it running “like a fine-tuned machine.”
President Trump was not on the defensive, was not uneasy, was not uncomfortable.
There was no hysteria or war-mongering.
He, as Wallace stated, is “by far the best spokesman in his administration for his administration.”
And his message to the press? I received the electoral votes, I’m carrying out what I pledged to do, and the media isn’t happy about it. Not much I can do.