President Trump urged the Senate Intelligence Committee to change its focus from Russian meddling within the 2016 election to investigating “fake news” within the U.S.
“Why Isn’t the Senate Intel Committee looking into the Fake News Networks in OUR country to see why so much of our news is just made up-FAKE!” Trump wrote on Twitter Thursday morning. “Rex Tillerson never threatened to resign. This is Fake News put out by @NBCNews. Low news and reporting standards. No verification from me,” he added.
The president was referring to 2 occasions from Wednesday: An NBC Information report saying Secretary of State Rex Tillerson thought of resigning, and a press convention by the leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee discussing Russian efforts to affect the election.
These leaders — Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., and Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va. — held a press briefing to debate their investigation into Russia shopping for adverts on social networks akin to Fb and Twitter in an obvious effort to affect the outcomes of the 2016 election. CNN reported Wednesday that Russia had geo-targeted adverts to Wisconsin and Michigan, two states Trump received by slender margins.
Burr mentioned throughout the assertion that the committee would proceed to research any potential collusion between Russia and the Trump marketing campaign. This assertion and stories from intelligence companies run counter to the president’s stance that nobody is aware of whether or not Russia tampered with the 2016 election.
“No, not investigating news organizations,” mentioned Burr Thursday morning when requested whether or not his committee can be following the president’s suggestion.
Warner is a co-sponsor of laws that will require digital platforms to reveal extra details about any entities that purchase political adverts on their networks.
“If you see an ad on a social media site, Americans should know whether the source of that ad was a foreign entity,” mentioned Warner, “and if you see something trending, you should know whether that trending is generated by real individuals or bots or falsely identified accounts.”
Trump was additionally offended in regards to the NBC Information report from Wednesday morning that Tillerson had known as him a “moron” and considered quitting the place earlier this yr. Tillerson gave a press release after the report circulated refuting the concept he had ever thought of quitting and complimenting Trump’s intelligence, however declined to elaborate on whether or not or not he had insulted the president.
NBC Information later reported that Tillerson had truly known as Trump a “f***ing moron,” whereas CNN confirmed the “moron” remark by means of its sources. The State Division issued a clarification later Wednesday saying that Tillerson hadn’t known as the president a moron and that he doesn’t use that type of language.
Trump spent his flight to Las Vegas — the place he was assembly with victims of and first responders to Sunday night time’s mass taking pictures — tweeting about supposedly “fake news” and demanding an apology from NBC.
One potential barrier to Trump’s request of legislators investigating and regulating the press is the First Modification, which explicitly states: “Congress shall make no law prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press.”
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