President Donald Trump said Wednesday on Twitter that 'fake news' outlets, including TV networks he loves to hate, are 'our country's biggest enemy.'
Trump had hours earlier returned from Singapore, where he began to negotiate a nuclear stand-down with North Korea, a belligerent communist dictatorship.
He praised the despotic Kim Jong-un and said North Korea 'has great potential for the future.' Not so for the political press corps.
'So funny to watch the Fake News, especially NBC and CNN,' Trump tweeted of the two networks he sees as most needlessly antagonistic toward his administration. 'They are fighting hard to downplay the deal with North Korea.'
'500 days ago they would have “begged” for this deal – looked like war would break out. Our Country’s biggest enemy is the Fake News so easily promulgated by fools!'
Take away credentials
Trump suggested last month that he might revoke White House credentials for some journalists, following the publication of a survey that showed a dramatic leftward tilt in television news coverage about him.
The Media Research Center, a conservative watchdog group, tracked the evening newscasts on ABC, CBS and NBC for the first four months of 2018 and found more than 1,600 'explicitly positive and negative' statements about the president.
Nine out of 10 of those statements were negative. The group did not include CNN and MSNBC in its research.
Trump vented, saying: 'The Fake News is working overtime. Just reported that, despite the tremendous success we are having with the economy & all things else, 91% of the Network News about me is negative (Fake). Why do we work so hard in working with the media when it is corrupt? Take away credentials?'
The president, though, ignored a journalist's question hours later when he was asked before a Cabinet meeting whether or not he would 'ban press from the White House.'
Trump has long been a critic of the White House press corps' coverage of him, branding some 'fake news' outlets 'the enemy of the American people' and saving his harshest criticism for The New York Times and CNN.