President Donald Trump tells US media it is out of control

President Donald Trump calls on a reporter during a news conference.
President Donald Trump calls on a reporter during a news conference.
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AMERICAN President Donald Trump has mounted a vigorous defence of his presidency and accused America’s news media of being “out of control”.

At a White House news conference, he vowed to bypass the media and take his message “straight to the people”. Nearly a month into his presidency, Mr 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 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 travellers from seven predominantly Muslim nations.

“This administration is running like a fine-tuned machine,” Mr Trump declared. The president said that he would announce a “new and very comprehensive order to protect our people”.

Meanwhile, the president announced that Alexander Acosta, dean of the Florida International University law school, would be his nominee for Labour secretary. That came a day after fast-food executive Andrew Puzder withdrew after losing support among Republican senators.

The former television star and real estate mogul, opened a hastily arranged news conference to attack coverage by the news media. He accused reporters of not telling the truth, saying: “The Press has become so dishonest that if we don’t talk about it, we are doing a tremendous disservice to the American people.”