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

President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden to sign executive order aimed at increasing voting access Albany Times Union editorial board calls for Cuomo's resignation Advocates warn restrictive voting bills could end Georgia's record turnout MORE lashed out at New York Times reporter Maggie HabermanMaggie Lindsy HabermanNew York Times expands its live news staff ABC names new deputy political director, weekend White House correspondent New York Times names new team of White House reporters 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 BrownSchumer insists Democrats unified after chaotic coronavirus debate Mandel gets Club for Growth nod in Ohio Senate primary Bipartisan bill would ban lawmakers from buying, selling stocks 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 ClintonHillicon Valley: China implicated in Microsoft breach | White House adds Big Tech critic | QAnon unfazed after false prediction Jill Biden redefines role of first lady QAnon supporters unfazed after another false prediction MORE during the 2016 election.

Updated at 10:20 a.m.