Trump Says He's 'Providing a Great Service' by Calling Out 'Fake News'

By Susan Jones | August 6, 2018 | 5:44am EDT
President Donald Trump held a campaign rally in suburban Columbus, Ohio on Saturday. (Photo: Screen capture/C-SPAN)

( - President Trump, on a working vacation at his New Jersey golf resort, is not taking time off from Twitter.

In one of many tweets he wrote on Sunday, he suggested that the "Fake News" may even start a war:

"The Fake News hates me saying that they are the Enemy of the People only because they know it’s TRUE. I am providing a great service by explaining this to the American People. They purposely cause great division & distrust. They can also cause War! They are very dangerous & sick!"

National Security Adviser John Bolton, appearing on "Fox News Sunday," was asked by host Chris Wallace, "What wars have we started?"

"Look, I think the issue of press bias has been around for a long, long time," Bolton said. "As a boy, I supported Barry Goldwater in 1964. I thought the press was biased against him. I don't think it's changed much since then.

"I absolutely agree," Wallace said. "There is press bias. People, you know, people get stories wrong and people are called out for it. And we should be called out if we make a mistake. Cause war? Sick, divisive? This is taking it to a completely different level," Wallace complained.

"Well, that's the president's view based on the attacks that the media made on him. There've been other administrations that have been highly critical of the press as well. You go back -- I remember John Kennedy cutting off the White House subscription to "The New York Times."

"It was 'The Herald Tribune,' but close," Wallace corrected him.

"Sorry, close enough," Bolton said. "I was much younger, what can I say? But I think this kind of adversarial relationship is difficult."

President Trump called out the "fake news" media at his Ohio campaign rally on Sunday, as he has done so many times before in similar circumstances. It's a crowd-pleaser, and his comments on Saturday had the same effect:


The president complained that liberal media outlets didn't give him enough credit for Friday's "incredible" employment numbers:

"They don't want you to hear this stuff...So these rallies are very successful. They hate when I do them, although they do like the ratings, I must say. You know, they're torn. They're torn. Do we put him on and get great ratings -- and let him say that like CNN is a fake? Or -- (cheering) do we not put him on. They're very torn."

Trump debated whether MSNBC is even worse than CNN:

"MSNBC is so corrupt. It's so disgusting. So disgusting. I would say almost they're worse -- almost worse. They're really a fake news group of people. And here's the good news. The guys that we love, they are blowing them away in the ratings. He called out many of the Fox News anchors by name, drawing more cheers.

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