The president is preparing to declare a national emergency, declaring the media the enemy of the American people, and ordering the government to take action against “the scourge of false and misleading news and opinion”.
In a move that will be seen as a test of the administration’s new authority to attack the press, the president said in a statement issued late on Wednesday that the “defamation of the press is one of the greatest threats to our democracy and to the rule of law”.
Mr Trump’s declaration is part of a series of actions he has made since taking office on Friday.
The president’s tweets, which have not been widely circulated by news outlets, have been heavily criticised by some of the most prominent journalists in the US, and the American public.
They include a decision to ban the broadcast of the news and political debate on television, and to restrict the flow of cash and supplies to the news media.
He has also said he would seek to impose a “total and complete shutdown” on the US press.
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Trump tweets: “Fake News Media is now in complete control of our country and its leaders.
This is why our country needs strong and strong leadership.
The fake news media has lost its way.
They cannot compete with us anymore.
They will be taken out!”
He added: “We will not allow this to happen.”
Trump tweets on his new position on the press: “I am calling for total and complete and total shutdown of the libelous and vicious press in the United States of America until such time as the American People demand it be so.”
Trump: ‘Fake News media is now the enemy’ ‘Fake news media is the enemy, period.’
“In a move the president announced as he prepared to declare his emergency powers, Mr Trump said the media “has lost its ways” and that the government should take action.
“The only media that will continue to attack him and his administration is the media itself.” “
The media is in complete and utter control of the president’s mind and his actions,” Mr Trump wrote in a Twitter post.
“The only media that will continue to attack him and his administration is the media itself.”
The president also said that he would consider issuing a pardon for a man who had been jailed for defaming Mr Trump, calling the case “a very bad case”.
The man was charged in August with violating Mr Trump on Twitter, and he is now awaiting sentencing.
Trump tweets his plan to tackle the media: “There is a special place in hell for those who slander, malign, and libel the president, Vice President, and their families, their businesses, or their country.
Those who would do this will be held accountable 100%!”
He later added: “…if a criminal is found guilty, he or she will pay a steep price and be thrown in jail for life.”
“This is an unprecedented assault on the First Amendment.
The American people deserve it!”
Trump tweets in response to the verdict: “This was an extremely politically motivated prosecution and there was never any intent to intimidate or silence me.
I have always maintained my right to free speech.”
The man in question was charged with defaming President Donald Trump, Vice-President Mike Pence, and his family, according to court documents.
Mr Trump was named in a tweet as the person who had posted the tweets, and Mr Pence is also facing charges.
“I think it’s a very sad day for our country when a group of people who have so little respect for the law can destroy it with no consequence,” Mr Pence said.
The court documents released by the White House on Wednesday reveal that the charges are linked to a December 2016 tweet by a former Trump business associate who called Mr Trump a “narcissist” and a “fucking racist”. “
We are going to fight this as long as it takes, but it has to stop.”
The court documents released by the White House on Wednesday reveal that the charges are linked to a December 2016 tweet by a former Trump business associate who called Mr Trump a “narcissist” and a “fucking racist”.
Trump denies the charges, but the Trump associate who wrote the tweet, Peter Thiel, has said the tweets are untrue.
“He’s just saying that he’s a narcissist, and it’s not true,” Thiel told ABC News in an interview.
“It’s a smear campaign.
They’re trying to make it into something it’s completely not.”
He added the charges were part of an effort by Democrats to undermine Mr Trump by using the court case as a means of pressuring him to step down.
“This lawsuit is an attempt to undermine the President of the United State by using a court case that is nothing more than a smear effort by the Democrats to try and destroy the President,” Thiel said.
The former Trump associate also said the charges had nothing to do with his own business.