President Donald Trump re-launched attacks on the New York Times over a report that last summer he had called for Special Counsel Robert Mueller to be fired.

“Fake news. Fake news. Typical New York Times. Fake stories,” the president said Friday as he arrived at the conference hall in Davos, Switzerland for the World Economic Forum.

The report alleges that the president had attempted to fire Mueller over a series of what he believed to be conflicts of interest that included a dispute over membership fees that led to Mueller canceling his membership at a Trump-owned golf course. Trump is said to have been upset that Mueller was set to be interviewed for the position of FBI director, following the sudden firing of James Comey, just one day before he was appointed to the position of special counsel in the Russia probe.

Trump reportedly only backed down from carrying out Mueller’s firing after White House counsel Don McGahn threatened to resign.


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President Trump is known to actively refute news stories that paint him in a negative light and often engages in attempts to discredit the various publication that do. Last week, Trump released the presidential picks for most dishonest media, what he called the “Fake News Awards,” among the winners were The New York TimesCNN and MSNBC.

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