Trump lashes out at NYT reporter over Dayton, El Paso coverage

President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenators demand more details from Trump on intel watchdog firing Overnight Health Care: Trump steps up attack on WHO | Fauci says deaths could be lower than first projected | House panel warns federal stockpile of medical supplies depleted | Mnuchin, Schumer in talks over relief deal Trump says he'll look into small business loan program restricting casinos MORE lashed out at New York Times reporter Maggie HabermanMaggie Lindsy HabermanThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump gets new press secretary in latest shake-up The Hill's 12:30 Report: Task force pushed Trump to extend coronavirus guidelines New York Times defends reporter after Trump swipe: Her 'reporting has stood the test of time' MORE early Saturday, claiming that the veteran journalist had misrepresented his trips to Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, this week to meet with people affected by last week's mass shootings there.

“Maggie Haberman of the Failing @nytimes reported that I was annoyed by the lack of cameras inside the hospitals in Dayton & El Paso, when in fact I was the one who stated, very strongly, that I didn’t want the Fake News inside & told my people NOT to let them in. Fake reporting!” Trump tweeted Saturday morning. 

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Trump's tweet came one day after the Times published a report by Haberman, Katie Rogers and Rick Rojas that said the president grew frustrated during his trip with multiple media reports focusing on his attacks on political adversaries and with a lack of coverage of the positive reception he arrived to at a hospital in Dayton.

According to the Times, Trump "screamed at his aides to begin producing proof that in El Paso people were happy to see him." 

Trump was reportedly irked after seeing footage of a news conference with Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownFed eases Wells Fargo growth cap to let it issue emergency coronavirus loans Democratic senators call for funding for local media in coronavirus stimulus Zoom, grocery delivery, self-isolation: How lawmakers are surviving coronavirus MORE (D-Ohio) and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley (D) in lieu of images of his trip to Dayton's Miami Valley Hospital, the Times reported. Soon after, White House aides began distributing photos and video of the president joined by doctors and nurses in the Ohio hospital, according to the outlet.

A New York Times spokesperson defended the paper's report in a statement to The Hill, noting that the article was based on a number of interviews with sources, including White House and administration officials.

"We are confident in the accuracy of our reporting, which is based on interviews with three White House and administration officials in addition to many others including families affected by the mass shooting."

In a later tweet, Trump renewed his attacks on the press, fuming that the media was “inaccurate, unfair or corrupt.”

“Never has the press been more inaccurate, unfair or corrupt! We are not fighting the Democrats, they are easy, we are fighting the seriously dishonest and unhinged Lamestream Media. They have gone totally CRAZY,” he tweeted Saturday. 

Trump's tweets came after he claimed on Monday that "fake news" has contributed to growing "anger and rage" in the country in the wake of last weekend's two mass shootings that left at least 31 dead and dozens of other people injured. His comments marked the second time he has criticized media coverage in the aftermath of a tragedy.

The president has maintained a bitter relationship with the press, often seeking to undercut the credibility of the media as "fake news." He has gone after Haberman individually for years, accusing her of favoring Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe two infectious diseases spreading across America Former Clinton staffers invited to celebrate Sanders dropping out: report Sanders exit leaves deep disappointment on left MORE during the 2016 election.

Updated at 10:20 a.m.