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WASHINGTON — President Trump asked his national security adviser, Michael Flynn, to resign because he misled Vice President Pence about his calls to the Russian ambassador to the United States, Trump said in a wide-ranging and surprising news conference Thursday.
Trump's comments about Flynn came after a more-than-20-minute opening statement in which he criticized the news media, bragged about the number of electoral votes he received in November and said the Islamic State is "another mess I inherited" from predecessor, Barack Obama. He lashed out repeatedly at what he called "fake news" and at reporters, who he accused of distorting what he has done as president and failing to accurately cover his administration.
"I see stories of chaos, chaos, yet it is the exact opposite," he said. "This administration is running like a fine-tuned machine, despite the fact that I can't get my Cabinet approved."
Trump ticked off all the executive actions he has taken, including those freezing federal hiring and rule-making, ordering a one regulation in-two out policy, and seeking to expedite permits for construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipeline. He said his administration is preparing for the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act and has already begun work to start construction of a wall along the southern border with Mexico.