Trump launches tweet storm ahead of TV interview

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Published on June 16, 2019 - Duration: 02:05s

Trump launches tweet storm ahead of TV interview

U.S. President Donald Trump's controversial interview with ABC News - snippets of which shook both sides of the political aisle when released last week - airs in its entirety Sunday night, and was given something of a drumroll on Twitter by Trump himself.

Lisa Bernhard reports.

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Trump launches tweet storm ahead of TV interview

Donald Trump's controversial interview with ABC News - snippets of which were released last week - airs in its entirety Sunday night, with a dramatic drumroll on Twitter from Trump himself.

The U.S. President - who was criticized by both sides of the aisle for telling George Stephanopoulos that he'd accept dirt on political rivals from foreign sources - tweeted Sunday that it's, 'So funny to watch the Fake News Media try to dissect & distort every word in as negative a way as possible.'

He didn't stop there.

Trump - who has consistently blasted the press - let loose a series of tweets in which he labelled the media 'corrupt,' The New York Times and The Washington Post as 'dishonest,' 'deceitful' and a 'disgrace,' predicted they'd be out of business by the time he leaves office, and twice harkened back to his blanket, inflammatory accusation that the media is the 'enemy of the people.'

Trump by Friday had reversed course on his comments about accepting foreign intel on his opponents, telling Fox News he would 'of course' contact authorities about such matters.

The Times over the weekend reported that the U.S. is escalating cyber attacks on Russia's power grid as retaliation for Russian meddling in U.S. elections.

Trump both refuted the story Sunday and called the Times treasonous for reporting it, suggesting it might be true.

Democratic Representative Adam Schiff, Chair of the House Intelligence Committee, couldn't comment on whether the report was accurate, but said that establishing a deterrent to further Russian hacking was very important, adding this: (SOUND BITE) (ENGLISH) DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE ADAM SCHIFF SAYING: 'What I found most disturbing about that New York Times story about whether we're preparing the battlefield in terms of the electrical grid in Russia was the fact that security officials within the administration felt they couldn't tell this to the President because he might compromise that information in a conversation with the Russians.'

Trump's Sunday tweet storm ended with him wishing a 'Happy Father's Day to all, including my worst and most vicious critics, of which,' he claimed, 'there are fewer and fewer.'

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