Trump slams 'false' reporting: 'A stain on America!'

President TrumpDonald John TrumpZuckerberg launches public defense of Facebook as attacks mount Trump leaning toward keeping a couple hundred troops in eastern Syria: report Warren says making Israel aid conditional on settlement building is 'on the table' MORE ripped journalists on Sunday, calling their work "a stain on America" after a series of reporting errors last week received extensive media attention.

"Very little discussion of all the purposely false and defamatory stories put out this week by the Fake News Media. They are out of control - correct reporting means nothing to them. Major lies written, then forced to be withdrawn after they are exposed...a stain on America!" Trump tweeted. 

 

 

The president's tweet comes after various journalists became targets of Trump and his supporters last week over a series of reporting errors.

The errors by CNN and ABC have been widely covered in the media, including on CNN, which featured a Sunday segment on mistakes in journalism. 

Trump referred to ABC News's Brian Ross as a "fraudster" on Friday, a week after he reported that Trump had directed his former national security adviser Michael Flynn to make contact with Russian officials during the campaign.

ABC later corrected the report to say the president directed Flynn to contact Russia after he was elected.

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Trump also took aim at CNN after the network was forced to make a correction on Friday regarding documents Donald Trump Jr. received from WikiLeaks.

"Oh thank you, CNN, thank you so much. You should have been apologizing for the last two years," Trump said to laughter and cheers at a rally in Florida.

Washington Post reporter Dave Weigel became Trump's most recent target on Saturday after the president demanded that he apologize for tweeting a photo of an empty arena before a Trump rally in Florida that had been taken hours before the event started.

Weigel responded and apologized minutes after Trump tweeted that he had "put out a phony photo of an empty arena hours before I arrived."

Trump has since called for the Post to fire Weigel.