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Trump’s new tweets show he’s still at war with the media

epa05755635 US President Donald Trump gestures during the signing of Executive Orders in the Hall of Heroes at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, USA, 27 January 2017. EPA/OLIVIER DOULIERY / POOL

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President Trump was at the Pentagon on Friday.

President Donald J. Trump lashed out at the New York Times and Washington Post in a series of tweets Saturday morning, continuing a long-running feud he has had with the media.

Trump said in the tweets (that appeared to include several typos) that the coverage of him by the Times and Post has been “so false and angry that the times actually apologized.”

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“They got me wrong right from the beginning and still have not changed course, and never will. DISHONEST,” he said.

He said the “failing” Times “has been wrong about me from the very beginning. Said I would lose the primaries, then the general election. FAKE NEWS!”

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The Times’s public relations department issued its own tweet, saying, “Fact check: @nytimes subscribers & audience at all-time highs. Supporting independent journalism matters.”

Trump has used Twitter before to attack what he calls “dishonest media” outlets. He has lashed out against the Times several times since his election in November. His use of Twitter has been been unprecedented among presidents.

Trump’s mention of an “apology” by the Times apparently referred to a post-election letter to Times readers by the publisher and executive editor. In it, they asked whether Trump’s “sheer unconventionality” in an “erratic and unpredictable election” had led “us and other news outlets to underestimate his support among American voters?”

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Trump described himself as being in a “running war with the media” in comments at CIA headquarters last Saturday.

Both the Post and Times have been covering Trump extensively as he engaged in a flurry of actions during his first week. The coverage has included a detailed Times review of his first week and a review by the Post of the misleading statements he’s made.

The tweetstorm came Trump is expected to speak on the phone Saturday with Russian President Vladimir Putin. That is sparking concern among European allies and his own Republican Party about the future of US sanctions on Moscow.

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