Bridgewater, New Jersey( CNN) The President’s two unscripted appearings before the press here Thursday uncovered a commander in chief with a well of pent up sentiments looking for an escape.

As Donald Trump’s presidency enters a new phase — with an order-minded chief of staff and a West Wing reorganization on the horizon — the President seemed eager to return to the looser style that helped him win.

In Washington, the President has been loathe to engage in public with reporters. He departed the White House last week having comprised fewer solo news conferences than any of his recent predecessors.