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President Donald Trump delivers a statement on the Iran nuclear deal from the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House Tuesday

In his latest volley against the free press, United States president Donald Trump on Wednesday suggested that reporters have their credentials revoked for reporting negative news about him, calling such reporting "fake".

That appeared to be a reference to Trump's equation, in his tweet, of "negative" and "fake" news.

"Just reported that, despite the tremendous success we are having with the economy and all things else, 91 percent of the network news about me is negative (Fake, )" he tweeted. "We are going to continue to try to work with you, as Im doing right here, right now, and as the President did just a couple of hours ago", Sanders said.

Last fall, the Media Research Center released a study citing that figure after evaluating the nightly newscasts on ABC, CBS and NBC during the summer.

Karem said Trump's rhetoric about the media was unsafe.

A number of people have questioned the validity of the study and, as the Washington Post pointed out, the MRC is funded by the same family, the Mercers, that helped get Cambridge Analytica and right-wing site Breitbart off the ground.

Trump's tweet exposes the veneer shrouding his "fake news" criticisms, confirming that he believes any negative news about him, regardless of its veracity, is fake. "And a president preventing a free and independent press from covering the workings of our republic would be an unconscionable assault on the first amendment".

Two weeks later, Trump told a crowd in New Hampshire that he had "really good news".

Reporter April Ryan, who recently suggested press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders wanted to physically fight her, said without the press, "you don't find out the necessary information that is coming from this White House". During the presidential campaign, he would sometimes bar reporters for certain media outlets from his rallies. During the campaign he threatened to revoke the Washington Post's credentials, and in a recent feud with the Post's owner, Jeff Bezos, he declared the newspaper "fake" and a "lobbyist".

President Trump seemed optimistic about his upcoming meeting with Kim Jong Un, saying "both sides" are looking for a deal. He has generally viewed most news coverage as unfair and talked about taking retaliatory measures against journalists. CNN has also been a regular target of Trump's outrage, and the president refused to field questions from the network's Jim Acosta on several occasions.

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