Donald Trump hits out at 'fake news media' reporting on 'same negative stories'

The President has come under fire for praising a former staffer accused of domestic abuse 

Mythili Sampathkumar
New York
Monday 12 February 2018 00:33 GMT
President Donald Trump speaks during the National Prayer Breakfast at a hotel in Washington, DC
President Donald Trump speaks during the National Prayer Breakfast at a hotel in Washington, DC (AFP/Getty Images)

US President Donald Trump has hit out at the “fake news media’ once again via Twitter for not reporting on “positive” stories.

Mr Trump tweeted that there are "so many positive things going on for the U.S.A. and the Fake News Media just doesn’t want to go there.”

"Same negative stories over and over again! No wonder the People no longer trust the media, whose approval ratings are correctly at their lowest levels in history!"

The President has tweeted using the term “fake news” 188 times during his first year in office.

He has frequently criticised media outlets like CNN, NBC, and the New York Times.

In July, the President retweeted a user's video of footage from one of Mr Trump's appearances on World Wrestling Entertainment's programme in 2007. During it, Mr Trump body slams WWE owner Vince McMahon who has the CNN logo superimposed over his face.

He had also suggested that a "fake news trophy” contest should be held as to which television network covers him in the most "dishonest, corrupt and or/distorted" way.

Donald Trump: We are fighting the phoney, fake news

In that tweet the President singled out Fox News from competing for the so-called "Fake news trophy." The right-leaning television outlet has been supportive of the President for the most part.

Mr Trump has come under fire recently for praising former aide Rob Porter for his work at the White House despite the abuse allegations by two of Mr Porter’s ex-wives.

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly allegedly knew about the claims for several months were the reason for Mr Porter not receiving the appropriate security clearance.

The President also tweeted over the weekend that "lives were being shattered by a mere allegation."

“There is no recovery for someone falsely accused,” Mr Trump said, seeming to allege that Mr Porter’s ex-wives were lying about the domestic violence.

Mr Porter is dating Hope Hicks, the White House communications director.

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