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Trump Blasts Coverage of His Putin Meeting

'Fake news is going crazy'
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 17, 2018 11:52 AM CDT
President Donald Trump, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, attend a joint news conference in Helsinki, Finland, on Monday.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(Newser) – "The Fake News is going Crazy." With that, President Trump pointed the finger at the media Tuesday for some of the most negative press coverage of his presidency. After he was accused of alienating US allies at the NATO summit and then called too deferential to Vladimir Putin, Trump fired back at what he sees as distorted coverage. "While I had a great meeting with NATO, raising vast amounts of money, I had an even better meeting with Vladimir Putin of Russia," he wrote. "Sadly, it is not being reported that way."

Trump offered more on the NATO summit in an earlier tweet. "They have paid $33 Billion more and will pay hundreds of Billions of Dollars more in the future, only because of me," he wrote, though Politico notes it's unclear where the $33 billion figure came from. "The media only says I was rude to leaders, never mentions the money!" A post at Axios, meanwhile, says Trump aides and former aides have a "prevailing" theory that won't please the president. "He can't separate meddling from colluding," says one source described as close to Trump. "He can’t publicly express any nuanced view because he thinks it concedes maybe there's something he did wrong." (Read more President Trump stories.)

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