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Trump Continues Assault On Media

| by Alex Scarr
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President Donald Trump continued his pointed criticism of the media on July 3, using Twitter to attack outlets as "fake news."

Trump took to social media again, this time tweeting: "At some point the Fake News will be forced to discuss our great jobs numbers, strong economy, success with ISIS, the border & so much else!"

On July 2, the president tweeted a short video clip of himself during a celebrity appearance on a wrestling show. In the clip, the opponent Trump was taking down had the CNN logo clipped over their face, according to The New York Times.

On an appearance on "Fox & Friends," former Trump campaign manager and current White House adviser Kellyanne Conway criticized the media for taking to Twitter so often, suggesting members of the media focus more on articles rather than short tweets, reports the Daily Mail.

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"They don't cover the substance of the issues," Conway said. "I know it is a heck of a lot easier to cover 140 characters here or there, or the president may be saying about the media here or there, than it is to the learn finer points of you how Medicaid is funded in this country and how that would or would not change under the Senate bill."

Conway also said reporters frequently call her and tell her that they would cover the policy and agenda issues in the Trump administration if it were not for Trump's antics on social media.

Trump delivered an address in front of military veterans at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., on July 1, where he doubled down on his media criticism and referenced his 2016 election victory.

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"The fake media is trying to silence us," Trump said in his address. "But we will not let them. Because the people know the truth. The fake media tried to stop us from going to the White House. But I'm president and they're not," Trump continued as the crowd rose to their feet.

"We won and they lost!" he said. "The fact is, the press has destroyed themselves because they went too far. Instead of being subtle and smart, they used the hatchet. And the people saw it right from the beginning."

Trump defended his use of social media against those who have called his remarks "unpresidential."

In a tweet July 2, Trump stated, "My use of social media is not Presidential - it's MODERN DAY PRESIDENTIAL. Make America Great Again!"

Sources: Daily Mail, The New York Times / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr, Donald J.Trump/Twitter via Business Insider, AP via Daily Mail

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