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Trump Claims Tweeting Is 'The Only Way To Get The Truth Out'

President Trump, who is often criticized for his Twitter habit, argued that he needs social media to connect with the public.

“Wow, more than 90% of Fake News Media coverage of me is negative, with numerous forced retractions of untrue stories,” he tweeted. “Hence my use of Social Media, the only way to get the truth out. Much of Mainstream Media has become a joke!”

According to The Hill, the president was reacting to the widening divide between the White House and news outlets. Earlier this week, administration officials called for corrections of stories posted by CNN and ABC News. Trump lashed out at the news networks during his speech at a campaign rally in Florida last week.

CNN retracted its story that WikiLeaks gave the president’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., emails obtained from cyberattacks on Democratic Party officials more than a week before the messages were publicly released last year.

ABC News amended its report that fired national security director Michael Flynn planned to testify before a congressional committee that Trump told him to contact Russian operatives during the 2016 campaign.

The network apologized, acknowledging that the order came following the election; and imposed a four-week suspension on the reporter who was responsible for the story.

“Did you see all of the correction the media has been making?” Trump asked. “They’ve been doing that all year. They never apologize. Maybe that comes with being the president, I don’t know.” The president demanded that The Washington Post fire Dave Weigel.

The reporter tweeted a photo of unoccupied seats at the site of Trump’s Florida rally, implying that no one showed up for the event. Weigel admitted he took the picture several hours before the rally began.

USA Today reported that on Saturday afternoon, Trump called for an apology and a retraction from Weigel. The reporter took just three minutes to respond. “Sure thing,” he tweeted. “I apologize.” He explained that he had deleted the photo, and claimed he “was confused by the image of you walking in the bottom right corner.” The president fired back: “FAKE NEWS, he should be fired.”

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters on Monday: “It’s not an honest mistake when you are purposely putting out information that you know to be false or when you’re taking information that hasn’t been validated; that hasn’t been offered any credibility and that has been continually denied by a number of people, including people with direct knowledge of an incident.”

USA Today ridiculed the president for insisting that others apologize for false statements at the same time he continues to suggest that Barack Obama was born in Africa. Trump, a leader of the so-called “birther” movement, admitted during the 2016 campaign that Obama is a native Hawaiian.

However, the president recently said he still wondered whether that is true. The newspaper alleged that the president lies about other matters, as well, like his claim that there was “serious voter fraud” in the election.

Source: The Hill
Photos: Wikimedia Commons, Donald Trump/Twitter, The White House/Flickr

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