Trump: 'Fake news' to blame for violence

 
Asked by a reporter about the effect of his rhetoric, Trump pointed and responded that “you’re creating violence by your question.”
 
“A lot of reporters are creating violence by not writing the truth,” he said before leaving the White House for a weekend of campaign rallies. “The fake news is creating violence.”
 
Trump has repeatedly rejected calls from members of both parties to tone down his inflammatory rhetoric in the wake of explosive devices being mailed to prominent politicians last week and a deadly shooting at a synagogue.
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Trump has repeatedly rejected calls from members of both parties to tone down his inflammatory rhetoric in the wake of explosive devices being mailed to prominent politicians last week and a deadly shooting at a synagogue.
 
On Friday, the president suggested it is unfair media coverage, and not his own words, that is riling his supporters. 
 
“If the media would write correctly and write accurately and write fairly, you’d have a lot less violence in the country,” he said. 
 
The comments undercut remarks made by White House press secretary Sarah Hucakbee Sanders, who on Monday said “the president is not placing blame” on the media for anger in the country. 
 
The suspect in the string of attempted mail bombings is a Florida man who is a registered Republican and a vocal Trump supporter.
 
He was charged with sending pipe bombs to more than a dozen Democratic figures, celebrities and a media organization last week. All of the figures who were sent the packages have come under criticism from the president.
 
A gunman also killed 11 people on Saturday at a synagogue in Pittsburgh. Police say the suspect is a man who professed to have wanted to kill Jews. He also used derisive comments on social media about a caravan of Central American migrants that echoed Trump's rhetoric. 
 
Trump has condemned both acts but has also lamented that the two suspects halted GOP "momentum" ahead of the midterm elections.
 
Updated: 4 p.m.