NEW YORK POST:
President Trump went on a tirade against the “Fake News Media” on Thursday — claiming that many of the stories written about him are “total fiction” and that the outlets are seeking a “war” with Russia.
“The Fake News Media is going Crazy! They make up stories without any backup, sources or proof,” the president tweeted.
“Many of the stories written about me, and the good people surrounding me, are total fiction. Problem is, when you complain you just give them more publicity. But I’ll complain anyway!” he added.
Trump did not cite which media reports he deemed fictitious, but he has been widely condemned by both Democrats and Republicans after his news conference with Russian leader Vladimir Putin in which he said he did not believe the Kremlin interfered in the 2016 election.
Facing a bipartisan fury after his return from Helsinki, Trump went into damage-control mode and back-pedaled on his explosive comments, claiming he misspoke during the press conference.
“In a key sentence in my remarks I said the word ‘would’ instead of ‘wouldn’t,’” he said Tuesday.
“The sentence should have been: ‘I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be Russia,’” Trump said about the election meddling, which his intelligence services have confirmed.
In a separate tweet, Trump also said the “Fake News Media wants so badly to see a major confrontation with Russia, even a confrontation that could lead to war.