Donald Trump denies White House infighting: 'We are getting along great, and getting major things done'

Adam Lusher
Donald Trump has tweeted that all is harmony within his administration, and 'We are getting along great, and getting major things done': AP

Donald Trump has again lashed out against the media on twitter, this time to deny infighting in his administration, and to insist: “We are getting along great, and getting major things done.”

Not everyone seemed to believe him, with many of the early responses to the US President’s tweet consisting of mockery.

Mr Trump was accused of desperation and his administration was compared to a tag wrestling match after the president tweeted: “Don't let the FAKE NEWS tell you that there is big infighting in the Trump Admin. We are getting along great, and getting major things done!”

Mr Trump did not immediately clarify which outlet he was criticising this time, but reports of infighting in his administration started appearing within days of him taking office.

Three days after his inauguration, the Washington Post – a frequent target of Mr Trump’s anger – was reporting: “The turbulence and competing factions that were a hallmark of Trump’s campaign have been transported to the White House.”

Amid a bungled first attempt at a “Muslim immigrant ban”, amid the resignation of General Mike Flynn as national security adviser over his contacts with Russia and controversy over Attorney General Jeff Sessions for similar reasons, the reports of discord have continued.

The alleged factional rivalry within the Trump administration led to it being compared to the court of a Renaissance king, with Steve Bannon, former executive chair of right-wing news site Breitbart being cast as a “Cardinal Richelieu in cargo pants”.

In more recent days, Mr Trump – who has already called some mainstream media “enemies of the people” – may have been angered by a CNN report that he went into a rant against senior staff over the controversy about Mr Sessions’ possible contacts with Russia.

Or he may have been cross about a Politico story suggesting the “knives are out” for chief of staff Reince Priebus, who was allegedly being singled out for criticism “as persistent controversies plague the presidency.”

Or he may have been prompted to tweet by another Washington Post story, headlined “Inside Trump’s fury,” which portrayed him as raging against setbacks and stated: “Trump’s young presidency has existed in a perpetual state of chaos.”

Whatever motivated the president’s latest tweet and his insistence that “we are getting along great”, not everyone seems to be taking him seriously.


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