Trump pushes back on reported talk of martial law: 'Fake News'

President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump hails Arizona Senate for audit at Phoenix rally, slams governor Arkansas governor says it's 'disappointing' vaccinations have become 'political' Watch live: Trump attends rally in Phoenix MORE in an early morning tweet dismissed a New York Times report that he had entertained a proposal from former national security adviser Michael Flynn to declare martial law.

“Martial law = Fake News. Just more knowingly bad reporting!” Trump tweeted Sunday.

ADVERTISEMENT

The Times reported Saturday that Trump asked during a White House meeting that also involved Flynn’s lawyer Sidney Powell about a recommendation his former aide had made on the conservative Newsmax TV to “rerun” the 2020 election under military supervision.

While it was not clear if Trump endorsed the idea, White House chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsTrump to Pence on Jan. 6: 'You don't have the courage' Trump said whoever leaked information about stay in White House bunker should be 'executed,' author claims 'Just say we won,' Giuliani told Trump aides on election night: book MORE and White House counsel Pat Cipollone sharply pushed back on it, according to the newspaper.

Flynn pleaded guilty in 2017 to lying to the FBI. The president pardoned him in late November.

ADVERTISEMENT

Meadows and Cipollone also reportedly shot down the idea of appointing Powell as a special counsel to investigate claims of widespread voter fraud. Trump’s personal attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiBob Dole: 'I'm a Trumper' but 'I'm sort of Trumped out' Ex-Trump adviser Barrack charged with secretly lobbying for UAE Aides who clashed with Giuliani intentionally gave him wrong time for Trump debate prep: book MORE also pushed back against this idea, according to the newspaper.

The reported meeting occurred shortly before the Trump campaign instructed staffers to preserve documents pertaining to Powell and Dominion Voting Systems, which has been the subject of numerous conspiracy theories related to the election. The company has called on Powell to retract the claims, and the documentation preservation suggests officials are preparing for the possibility of legal action against Powell, the Times noted.

With just more than 30 days until President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump hails Arizona Senate for audit at Phoenix rally, slams governor Republicans focus tax hike opposition on capital gains change Biden on hecklers: 'This is not a Trump rally. Let 'em holler' MORE’s inauguration, Axios reported that White House officials are increasingly concerned that the president has dug in on his attempts to overturn the election.

"People who are concerned and nervous aren’t the weak-kneed bureaucrats that we loathe," a White House official told Axios. "These are people who have endured arguably more insanity and mayhem than any administration officials in history."