Chris Wallace: Trump was trying to say, 'I'm in charge'

Fox News anchor Chris Wallace said what he took away from President Trump's contentious press conference on Thursday was the president’s attempt to say to the D.C. establishment and media, "I'm in charge."

Wallace, the host of "Fox News Sunday,” also said in an interview on "The O'Reilly Factor" that Trump's actions as president will make his combative demeanor in such settings irrelevant when it comes to his reelection prospects.

"This was a president saying, 'I'm in charge. I know what I'm doing. I'm not going to bend to Washington. Washington's going to have to get used to me,' " Wallace told host Bill O'Reilly on Thursday evening.

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"Overall, I thought that he was in control," Wallace said. "And he seized control of the narrative and said, 'Chaos? Heck no. It's running like a fine-tuned machine.' "

Trump ripped reports that his administration was in "chaos,” saying the "exact opposite" was true and adding that the first month of his presidency found it running "like a fine-tuned machine."  

Wallace, who moderated the final presidential debate between Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham Clinton2020 Democrats make play for veterans' votes The Memo: Democrats confront prospect of long primary Manafort sought to hurt Clinton 2016 campaign efforts in key states: NYT MORE, also said that the results Trumps gets or doesn't get as president will ultimately decide his fate at the ballot box in four years.

"If he improves the economy, if he gets tax reform through, if he gets ObamaCare repealed and an effective [replacement] through, then it's not going to matter," Wallace said.

"And conversely, if he doesn't get that stuff through and people's lives don't change, then he could have all the positive press in the world and it isn't going to matter."