WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump insisted there was "zero chaos" in his crisis-buffeted White House and railed against enemies in the media, politics and the courts Thursday, in a meandering first solo news conference.
The 70-year-old US president vented frustrations, insisted he is "not a bad person" and wondered out loud about a "nuclear holocaust," in a remarkable one hour, 16 minute ask-me-anything appearance.
Standing in the East Room of the White House — beneath the painted gaze of George Washington and where Abraham Lincoln's body once lay in repose — the 45th commander-in-chief jettisoned any semblance of presidential decorum.
"I inherited a mess. It's a mess. At home and abroad, a mess," Trump said in an 23 minute opening monologue that bore little resemblance to presidential press conferences past.
Claiming his administration "is running like a fine-tuned machine" Trump accused the "dishonest" media of stirring-up crises that have sent his approval rating plummeting.
"The tone is such hatred. I'm really not a bad person, by the way," he said. "I do get good ratings, you have to admit that."
A recent Pew poll showed only 39 percent of Americans believe Trump is doing a good job, a lower number than any modern administration at the end of its first month.
In four tumultuous weeks, Trump has seen his national security advisor ousted, a cabinet nominee withdraw, a centerpiece immigration policy fail in the courts and a tidal wave of damaging leaks.
"There is zero chaos," Trump insisted, as he aired a litany of grievances.