US President Donald Trump blames spate of package attacks on mainstream media

Donald Trump.
Donald Trump. Photo credit: Reuters

US President Donald Trump has blamed the mainstream media for a series of attacks on prominent people associated with the Democratic party.

The latest involved a suspicious package being left at actor Robert De Niro's Tribeca restaurant in New York City.

Mr De Niro once called Mr Trump a "national disaster".

Yesterday, suspicious packages were sent to former President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and the news network CNN, which has been the target of regular attacks from the President.

Mr Trump tweeted that the mainstream media was at fault for the spate of attacks.

"A very big part of the Anger we see today in our society is caused by the purposely false and inaccurate reporting of the Mainstream Media that I refer to as Fake News. It has gotten so bad and hateful that it is beyond description. Mainstream Media must clean up its act, FAST!" Mr Trump tweeted.

Mr Trump has long been engaged in battles with America's mainstream media, particularly with CNN, a target of yesterday's attacks.

He has often called the press "fake news" and labelled them the "enemy of the people".

Former CIA director John Brennan, who was another intended recipient of the suspicious packages, replied to Mr Trump's tweet telling him to "stop blaming others" and to "clean up [his] act".


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