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US President Donald Trump launches stinging attack on media

US President Donald Trump has launched a ferocious attack on the media while defending his record during his first weeks in office.

Mr. Trump appeared in a 76-minute press conference where he told reporters their level of dishonesty was out of control. Mr Trump cited coverage of his campaign’s alleged contacts with Moscow.

Critics say his stymied travel ban and the firing of a top adviser point to a White House in chaos.

But the president used his speech to tout his fulfilment of campaign promises, and said his administration was a “fine-tuned machine”.

An event that began with Mr Trump announcing his new choice for labour secretary escalated into a blistering attack on the media.

He charged them with downplaying his achievements after he “inherited a mess at home and abroad”.

He praised his administration for its “significant progress”, pointing to a rising stock market and a crackdown on illegal immigrants as examples of his success.

His news conference at the White House comes after Mr Trump’s national security adviser was forced to resign and his labour secretary withdrew his nomination.

He boasted about his electoral win, refused to go into details on any of his foreign policy plans, condemned his media critics, shrugged off fact-checkers and promised nothing but winning results.

Mr Trump also suggested he would replace his controversial executive order temporarily barring travel from seven Muslim-majority countries next week with a new, revised order.

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