Washington: Donald Trump ratcheted up his attacks on the media Friday, describing the press as “the enemy of the American people!” in a tweet.
Shortly after landing at his holiday home in Mar-a-Lago, Florida — where he is spending a third consecutive weekend — the president lashed out in 140 characters. “The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!” Trump wrote.
Trump had tweeted an earlier post which targeted the New York Times, CNN, NBC “and many more” media — and ended with the exclamation “SICK!”
But he swiftly deleted that missive before reposting the definitive version — adding two more “enemies” to his blacklist.
Many US presidents have criticized the press, but Trump’s language has more closely echoed criticism leveled by authoritarian leaders around the world.
The 70-year-old built his campaign on criticizing the press as biased.
On Thursday he launched a long diatribe at a grievance-filled news conference, in which he blamed the media for his one-month-old administration’s problems.
In four tumultuous weeks, Trump has seen his national security advisor ousted, a cabinet nominee withdraw, a centerpiece immigration policy fail in the courts and a tidal wave of damaging leaks.
Earlier in his news conference, the 45th president of the US unleashed a torrent of words, attacking in turn the media, the judiciary and Democrats he accused of undermining his presidency.
Trump mounted a defense of his young administration in a rambling, 76-minute news conference in which he was in turns angry, defensive, playful, boastful and introspective. More than once he appeared visibly pained at the media portrayal of himself, and his administration as mired in chaos.