President Trump held a press conference Thursday afternoon, which started with about 20 minutes of bashing the media, bragging about his accomplishments so far, and denying reports of chaos in his administration. He made the astonishing statement that his administration "is running like a fine-tuned machine."
This despite the fact that his National Security Adviser has just been forced to resign, relations between his campaign and Russian security officials are being investigated by the FBI and CIA, and one of his cabinet nominees has just been forced to withdraw rather than being rejected with Republican votes in the Senate.
Trump began his remarks with this: "I'm making this presentation directly to the American people with the media present . . . because many of our nation's reporters and folks will not tell you the truth . . ."
He blamed the media for recent actions by Russia in Ukraine and other Eastern European countries, saying: "The false, horrible, fake reporting makes it much harder to make a deal with Russia." He also falsely claimed that he won by the most electoral votes since Reagan.
When a reporter corrected him and asked why the American people should believe him when he cites inaccurate facts, he said, "I was given that information. I don't know. I was just given it. We had a very, very big margin." [Fact check: Both George H. W. Bush and Barack Obama got more electoral votes.]
Sounds like chaos to me.