"The media is trying to attack our administration because they know we are following through on pledges that we made, and they're not happy about it, for whatever reason," he said. "I turn on the news and I see stories of chaos. And yet it is the exact opposite. The administration is running like a fine-tuned machine."
Pres. Trump: "This administration is running like a fine-tuned machine, despite the fact that I can't get my cabinet approved." pic.twitter.com/Rtj3jSN09o
The nomination comes one day after Andy Puzder, Trump's first pick to lead the department, withdrew his nomination.
Trump touches on leaks, stock market in early morning tweets
-- In separate tweets Thursday morning, President Trump celebrated gains on Wall Street and promised that "low-life leakers" would be caught.
In his first tweet of the day (6:34 a.m. Eastern), the president said:
Stock market hits new high with longest winning streak in decades. Great level of confidence and optimism - even before tax plan rollout!
Trump's economic program is expected to include deep tax cuts, stimulus spending and deregulation. His initiatives are intended to achieve his goal of doubling growth to around 4 percent, up from the 2 percent pace that prevailed since the Great Recession ended in 2009.
Less than 30 minutes later, Trump took on those who he believes have leaked classified information in the following tweets:
Leaking, and even illegal classified leaking, has been a big problem in Washington for years. Failing @nytimes (and others) must apologize!
Trump's national security adviser, retired Gen. Michael Flynn, resigned at Trump's urging this week after a series of reports revealed Flynn held addressed the issue of sanctions with a Russian diplomat before Trump was in office.
Trump's OMB nominee confirmed
-- The Senate Thursday morning confirmed the president's pick to run the White House budget office, giving Republicans' tea party wing a voice in Trump's Cabinet.
Office of Management and Budget nominee Rep. Mick Mulvaney squeaked through the Senate on a 51-49 vote. Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain, who's emerging as perhaps the most vocal Republican critic of the Trump administration, opposed Mulvaney for backing cuts to Pentagon spending.
Mushrooming drama over the Trump campaign's alleged connections to Russia, which claimed the scalp of his national security adviser Michael Flynn, is working its way relentlessly closer to the president himself.
FBI not expected to pursue charges against Flynn
-- Law enforcement officials told CNN today that, barring new information, they would not pursue charges against former national security advisor Michael Flynn. However, there's still and ongoing, broader review being conducted of Flynn and Russia-related dealings.
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said of Puzder: "No matter how you cut it, there is no worse pick for labor secretary than Andrew Puzder, and I'm encouraged my Republican colleagues are starting to agree. He does not belong anywhere near the Labor Department, let alone at the head of it. Puzder's disdain for the American worker, the very people he would be responsible for protecting, is second to none."
Trump announces Florida rally
-- The president announced Wednesday on Twitter that a rally would be held Feb. 18 in Orlando. It will be Trumps first rally since his inauguration.