Maine governor suggests he makes up fake news
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Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) suggested in an interview published Thursday that he fabricates stories to mislead reporters.

His comments come after reports, which he dismissed as "fake news," that he planned to leave Maine during a government shutdown, which were based off comments he made to two Republican senators.

LePage said on WGAN-AM that “I just love to sit in my office and make up ways so they’ll write these stupid stories because they are just so stupid, it’s awful.”

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“The sooner the print press goes away, the better society will be,” LePage said, calling the media "vile" and "inaccurate."

The governor reportedly told two state lawmakers that he would be taking a 10-day vacation during the shutdown, but his spokeswoman later said he would not be going.

LePage said that he commented that his “pen’s on vacation and I have nothing to sign,” and not that he himself was going anywhere.

LePage is known as one of the country’s most controversial governors and once called himself “Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpUS-Saudi Arabia policy needs a dose of 'realpolitik' Trump talks to Swedish leader about rapper A$AP Rocky, offers to vouch for his bail Matt Gaetz ahead of Mueller hearing: 'We are going to reelect the president' MORE before Donald Trump.”

In May, he ruled out a bid for the Senate in 2018, when he will have to leave office due to term limits.