Trump rips 'horrible' New York Times, Washington Post, wonders if people will 'demand' he stay in White House

President TrumpDonald John TrumpCould Donald Trump and Boris Johnson be this generation's Reagan-Thatcher? Merkel backs Democratic congresswomen over Trump How China's currency manipulation cheats America on trade MORE on Sunday ramped up his attacks against the nation's biggest newspapers, saying that a poll should be done to see whether The New York Times or The Washington Post is "more dishonest and deceitful."

"A poll should be done on which is the more dishonest and deceitful newspaper, the Failing New York Times or the Amazon (lobbyist) Washington Post!" he said on Twitter. "They are both a disgrace to our Country, the Enemy of the People, but I just can’t seem to figure out which is worse?" 

"The good news is that at the end of 6 years, after America has been made GREAT again and I leave the beautiful White House (do you think the people would demand that I stay longer? KEEP AMERICA GREAT), both of these horrible papers will quickly go out of business & be forever gone!" Trump continued.  

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Trump has repeatedly criticized the press during his two years in the White House, often referring to it as the "enemy of the people." His latest Twitter tirade came just a day after he claimed that the Times committed "a virtual act of Treason" by reporting on the administration's digital attacks against Russia. 

"Do you believe that the Failing New York Times just did a story stating that the United States is substantially increasing Cyber Attacks on Russia," Trump tweeted before claiming that the report was "NOT TRUE!" "This is a virtual act of Treason by a once great paper so desperate for a story, any story, even if bad for our Country."

The Times on Saturday published a report about the United States's efforts to penetrate Russia's power grid. The Times, citing current and former government officials, noted that the actions are a warning to Moscow that the Trump administration is using new authorities to unleash cyber tools in an aggressive manner. 

Two administration officials told the newspaper that they do not think Trump was briefed about the plans. The newspaper added that some Pentagon and intelligence officials said there was hesitation about addressing the operations with Trump. 

Trump has also lashed out at the media over reports about his internal polling. He denounced the "Fake News" and "Fake Polling" after reports surfaced that he was trailing Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden leads, Warren and Sanders tied for second in new poll Analysis: Harris, Buttigieg and Trump lead among California donations The Hill's Morning Report: Trump walks back from 'send her back' chants MORE in a hypothetical 2020 match-up. 

"The Fake News has never been more dishonest than it is today. Thank goodness we can fight back on Social Media. There new weapon of choice is Fake Polling, sometimes referred to as Suppression Polls (they suppress the numbers)," Trump tweeted.

Polls released in the past week have shown Trump trailing multiple Democratic presidential contenders in hypothetical 2020 match-ups. A Quinnipiac University survey released last week found Trump trailing six candidates by healthy margins.