Washington( CNN) For the last week, America has been told that its President is a “dope” and “a child, ” an “idiot” and a man whose decaying mental faculties and refusal to read stimulates him dangerously unfit for the Oval Office.

The uproar sowed by Michael Wolff's bestseller “Fire and Fury” left Donald Trump requiring a counter-narrative and to project an image of control, authority and an even temperament.

On Tuesday, he largely pulled it off in a freewheeling session on immigration with Republican and Democratic leaders that he conducted for 55 minutes before the cameras.

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