President Trump continued his blitz against major U.S. media outlets on Saturday, despite the wave of backlash that followed his particularly personal attack on a female MSNBC host this week.
Trump’s very public duel with MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” taking place over the course of several days this week, earned bipartisan pushback and frustration from some in his party who felt the back-and-forth distracted from the GOP legislative push to reform healthcare.
But on Saturday, Trump signaled that for him the battle is far from over. He also expanded his media targets.
The morning salvos began with Trump leveling an accusation that NBC and its parent company Comcast had forced out MSNBC anchor Greta Van Susteren this week in retribution for her alleged refusal to go along with what he has deemed negative coverage of him and his administration.
Minutes later, Trump took aim at a familiar target: CNN. The news network, he said, had “been exposed” for propagating fake news and “garbage journalism,” after it retracted an article last week claiming that Senate investigators were probing a Russian bank with ties to a top Trump ally.
“Crazy Joe Scarborough and dumb as a rock Mika are not bad people, but their low rated show is dominated by their NBC bosses. Too bad!” Trump wrote on Twitter.