Trump Today: President ramps up war on 'fake news' by suggesting investigation
By Robert Schroeder, MarketWatch
Trump meets with Cotton as Iran deal decision nears
President Donald Trump stepped up his attack on what he calls "fake news" by suggesting Congress investigate news networks, discussed immigration and Iran with Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, and was preparing to meet with senior leaders of the U.S. military.
CALLING FOR 'FAKE NEWS' PROBE
A day after an NBC story said Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had called him a "moron," and was on the verge of resigning this past summer, Trump asked on Twitter why the Senate Intelligence Committee wasn't investigating the "fake news networks" in the U.S. He also said in a separate tweet that Tillerson, who ran Exxon before becoming the chief U.S. diplomat, "never threatened to resign."
In response to Trump's tweet, committee chairman Sen. Richard Burr said the panel would hold news organizations "accountable" for any false reporting (http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/05/politics/richard-burr-senate-russia-investigation-news-organizations/index.html) in the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. But asked if the committee was mounting an investigation into news organizations' conduct, the North Carolina Republican said: "No, not investigating news organizations -- holding them accountable for what they say with no sources to substantiate the facts."
Also see: Tillerson does not deny report that he called Trump a 'moron,' but insists they are on the same page (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/tillerson-called-trump-a-moron-and-had-to-be-talked-out-of-resigning-nbc-reports-2017-10-04).