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Trump ramps up attacks on journalists: 'They can also cause War!'

Trump ramps up attacks on journalists: 'They can also cause War!'
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats slide in battle for Senate Trump believes Kushner relationship with Saudi crown prince a liability: report Christine Blasey Ford to be honored by Palo Alto City Council MORE on Sunday ratcheted up his attacks on the news media as the “enemy of the people,” saying they “can also cause War.”

He accused journalists in an early morning tweet of “purposely” causing “division & distrust” in the country.

“The Fake News hates me saying that they are the Enemy of the People only because they know it’s TRUE,” he said. “I am providing a great service by explaining this to the American People."

“They purposely cause great division & distrust,” he added. “They can also cause War! They are very dangerous & sick!”

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Trump has feuded with the media continuously throughout his presidency, labeling negative coverage "fake news." In recent weeks, however, he has used the phrase “enemy of the people” more often, sparking further conflict between reporters and the administration.

Trump's daughter and presidential adviser Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpAttacks on public figures are growing The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump sends Pompeo to meet Saudi king | How Trump could work with a Dem House | Trump heads to Florida to view hurricane damage Watchdog files Hatch Act complaint against Sanders for picture with Kanye in MAGA hat MORE last week appeared to break with her father, saying she does not think the media is the “enemy of the people.”

The president then said that his daughter was correct, but that “the FAKE NEWS, which is a large percentage of the media,” is the enemy.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, however, refused to say that the media is not the enemy of the people during a heated exchange last week with CNN correspondent Jim Acosta.

The president’s latest tweet came after he appeared at a campaign rally in Ohio Saturday evening.

The Columbus Dispatch noted that God was asked in the opening prayer at the event “to protect Trump from the ‘fake news they call journalism.’ “

“MSNBC is so corrupt, it's so disgusting. I would say almost they're worse, they are really a fake news group of people,” Trump said at the rally, according to the newspaper.

“The guys that we love are blowing them away in the ratings,” the president added, apparently referring to Fox News, which he often praises.

Trump in a subsequent tweet on Sunday ripped a Washington Post report that he fears that his son, Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpO'Rourke's rise raises hopes for Texas Dems down ballot Election Countdown: Small-donor donations explode | Russian woman charged with midterm interference | Takeaways from North Dakota Senate debate | O'Rourke gives 'definitive no' to 2020 run | Dems hope Latino voters turn Arizona blue Election Countdown: Florida Senate fight resumes after hurricane | Cruz softens ObamaCare attacks | GOP worries Trump will lose suburban women | Latest Senate polls | Rep. Dave Brat gets Trump's 'total endorsement' | Dem candidates raise record B MORE, may have inadvertently gotten himself into legal trouble.

"Fake News reporting, a complete fabrication, that I am concerned about the meeting my wonderful son, Donald, had in Trump Tower," the president said. "This was a meeting to get information on an opponent, totally legal and done all the time in politics - and it went nowhere. I did not know about it!"

Special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE is reportedly examining Trump Jr. for his role in arranging a June 2016 meeting in Trump Tower between a Russian lawyer offering damaging information on Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonO'Rourke's rise raises hopes for Texas Dems down ballot Gabbard considering 2020 run: report Claiming 'spousal privilege' to stonewall Congress MORE and Trump campaign officials, including himself.

— This report was updated at 8:46 a.m.