Trump: Media 'makes up stories and sources'

Trump: Media 'makes up stories and sources'
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President Trump slammed the media Thursday, accusing members of the press of making up their sources.

Trump's tweet comes as his situation is buffeted by leaks from the intelligence community. National security adviser Michael Flynn resigned Monday after a Washington Post report on his contacts with Russia's U.S. ambassador, while The New York Times reported Tuesday that Trump's campaign staff made ongoing contact with Russian intelligence during the campaign. 

"FAKE NEWS media, which makes up stories and 'sources,' is far more effective than the discredited Democrats — but they are fading fast!" the president tweeted Thursday.


Trump's comments Thursday come after he has accused the intelligence community of leaking information to the media since Flynn's resignation. 

Flynn stepped down came after reports, citing multiple unidentified sources, that he had misled top White House officials about the contents of phone calls he had with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak before Trump was sworn in.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said that Flynn resigned because of an "eroding level of trust" between him and the president.

Trump often criticizes the media, accusing reporters of biased and dishonest coverage against him.

He has recently been referring to certain outlets as "fake news."

Earlier Thursday, Trump called on The New York Times and other publications to apologize.

"Leaking, and even illegal classified leaking, has been a big problem in Washington for years," the president tweeted. "Failing @nytimes (and others) must apologize."