WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump suggested Thursday that the Senate Intelligence Committee investigate media companies that he believes are reporting information that is ‘‘just made up.’’
‘‘Why Isn’t the Senate Intel Committee looking into the Fake News Networks in OUR country to see why so much of our news is just made up-FAKE!’’ the president tweeted from his personal account early Thursday morning.
Why Isn't the Senate Intel Committee looking into the Fake News Networks in OUR country to see why so much of our news is just made up-FAKE!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 5, 2017
The president’s tweet comes one day after leaders of the committee announced that their findings confirm the conclusions of the U.S. intelligence community that Russia tried to interfere in the 2016 presidential election and warned that Russian operatives may try to continue to interfere in future elections, including the midterms next year and the 2020 presidential election.
The committee leaders - Sens. Richard Burr, R-N.C., and Mark Warner, D-Va., also said they have reached no conclusion on whether Trump’s campaign was colluding with the Russians. That investigation will continue.
Trump often lashes out at the media following news reports that cast him in a bad light, even if the reporting is confirmed by numerous sources. This week Trump is incensed that NBC News reported that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was on the verge of resigning this summer because he had grown frustrated with policy disputes, clashes with the White House and a politicized speech Trump gave to the Boy Scouts of America, an organization he once led. The most buzzy point in the article: After a July 20 meeting at the Pentagon, Tillerson openly disparaged the president and called him a ‘‘moron.’’ NBC News cites this info to ‘‘three officials familiar with the incident.’’
Tillerson held an impromptu news briefing on Wednesday morning to praise the president and attack the article, although he did not directly deny calling the president a moron. Trump has repeatedly accused NBC of fabricating the information. NBC has said that it stands by its reporting.
As Trump left a hospital in Las Vegas where he visited victims of the mass shooting on Wednesday, he told reporters: ‘‘It was a totally phony story... It was made up, it was made up by NBC. They just made it up.’’ Trump added that he was ‘‘very honored’’ by Tillerson’s comments and that he has ‘‘total confidence in Rex.’’
On Thursday morning, Trump tweeted: ‘‘Rex Tillerson never threatened to resign. This is Fake News put out by @NBCNews. Low news and reporting standards. No verification from me.’’