“Like a finetuned machine” Trump defends start of administration, bashes media

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Trump mounted a vigorous defense of his presidency and accused America"s news media of being "out of control" at a White House news conference Thursday, vowing to bypass the media and take his message "straight to the people."

Nearly a month into his presidency, Trump said his new administration had made "significant progress" and took credit for an optimistic business climate and a rising stock market. He pushed back against widespread reports of a chaotic start to his administration marked by a contentious executive order - now tied up in a legal fight - to place a ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim nations.

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