Donald Trump Says ‘Fake News Media’ Wants ‘War’ With Russia

“They are pushing so recklessly hard and hate the fact that I’ll probably have a good relationship with Putin,” the president says on Twitter Thursday

Last Updated: July 19, 2018 @ 6:05 AM

President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Thursday morning to attack the “fake news media” and warned the American people that his enemies in the press were angling for “war” with Russia.

“The Fake News Media wants so badly to see a major confrontation with Russia, even a confrontation that could lead to war,” he said. “They are pushing so recklessly hard and hate the fact that I’ll probably have a good relationship with Putin. We are doing MUCH better than any other country!”

Additionally, Trump also reiterated his oft-repeated charge that the media also routinely made up stories about him.

‘The Fake News Media is going Crazy! They make up stories without any backup, sources or proof. Many of the stories written about me, and the good people surrounding me, are total fiction,” he said.

“Problem is, when you complain you just give them more publicity. But I’ll complain anyway!”

Trump has faced criticism from both the liberal and conservative media after his joint press conference with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on Monday. Joe Scarborough said he looked like “dopey stooge,” while “Fox and Friends” carefully explained directly to Trump why the blowback was happening.

The criticism over Trump seemingly taking the side of the Russian autocrat over his own intelligence agencies was severe enough that the president was forced to issue a clarification on Tuesday.

“In a key sentence in my remarks, I said the word ‘would’ instead of ‘wouldn’t,'” said Trump, clarifying an initial claim which cast doubt on Russia’s involvement in the 2016 hacking campaign.

“The sentence should’ve been, ‘I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be Russia.’ Sort of a double-negative.”