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President Donald Trump issued a scathing attack on the national news media at a Pennsylvania rally he organized for the same evening the White House Correspondents’ Association hosts its annual dinner.

Weeks ago Trump decided to skip the dinner and even wished the group well. But speaking to supporters Saturday night in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, the president derided the news media and accused them of ‘‘fake news.’’

Trump says if the media’s job is to be honest and tell the truth, then they deserve ‘‘a big, fat failing grade.’’ He says that in contrast, his administration has been delivering for the American people every day.

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Trump says the media are trapped at the dinner in Washington and he predicts it will be ‘‘very, very boring.’’

In his tirade against the media, Trump made reference to The New York Times, The Boston Globe, MSNBC, and CNN.