Donald Trump urged lawmakers in Washington, D.C., today to launch an investigation of the news media. Trump sent out a tweet this morning in which he wrote: “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 tweet echoed past complaints by Trump about what he considers “fake news,” without singling out a specific news story or media outlet.
“Trump’s ‘fake news’ complaints have been a staple of his political rhetoric, a label he often applied to stories that feature negative reporting about him or his presidency,” Politico reports. “Most recently, Trump has railed against reports that have characterized his administration’s hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico as inadequate, as well as against an NBC News report that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called the president a ‘moron’ over the summer and nearly resigned.”
Politico adds: “Another frequent ‘fake news’ target for Trump has been the multiple ongoing investigations into Russian interference in last year’s presidential election, one of which is being conducted by the Senate Intelligence Committee. The president often refers to those investigations collectively as a ‘hoax’ or a ‘witch hunt.’”
Sens. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.), the chairman and vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, commented on the Russia probe during a press conference Wednesday, noting that they have conducted hundreds of hours of interviews but adding that the case remains in the investigatory phase.
Politico adds: “The question of whether or not either Trump’s or Democrat Hillary Clinton’s campaign colluded with the Russian government remains open, they said, adding that the Kremlin’s election meddling efforts are ongoing around the world.”