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Donald Trump says 'fake news' media is 'enemy of the American people'

The Independent logo The Independent 18/02/2017 Ben Kentish

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Donald Trump has branded his critics in the US press "not my enemy" but the “enemy of the American people”, in a tweet that came a day after he launched a sustained attack on the media during a White House press conference.

In his latest barb aimed at US journalists, the Republican billionaire took to Twitter to accuse reporters of publishing “fake news” and singled out several broadcasters for criticism.

Mr Trump wrote: “The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!”

Mr Trump has frequently attacked the media but has never before called it an enemy of the American public.

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It comes a day after an astonishing news conference in which the US President criticised the press and commented on the nature of reporters’ questions.

During a 77-minute sparring session with journalists, he claimed coverage based on White House leaks was “fake because so much of the news is fake”, despite admitting that the leaks are “absolutely real”.

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