Trump Wishes 'Fake News Media' a Happy New Year

Asked for his reaction to North Korea leader Kim Jon Un's remarks about having a nuclear button on his desk, Trump responded by saying, "We'll see".

Donald Trump is obsessed with Obama.

Trump goes on to hail jobs figures (whose strength can be overstated), the rise in the stock market (which he has been accused of using as "a substitute metric for success given his anemic poll numbers"), and his recent tax cuts (which favour the rich and corporations), as well as his idiosyncratic campaign to politicise the phrase "Merry Christmas", before ending with an excerpt from a speech he made to the U.S. air force in which he told personnel, "For America, the sky is never the limit", as the camera lingers ominously on a fighter jet. "Fake news" also took the top spot for Collins Dictionary Word of the Year for 2017.

Hours earlier he had tweeted another New Years wish to Americans that included a video summarizing his accomplishments in 2017. "We are MAKING AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, and much faster than anyone thought possible!"

But he returned to that theme with the message that accompanied his new year video, telling his 45.5 million followers: "What a year it's been, and we're just getting started".

In a tweet, Trump extended wishes for a happy and healthy holiday, writing: "2018 will be a great year for America!" Stock market, I think, is going to continue to go up.

Also Sunday, the president tweeted out a compilation video showing him meeting US service members, visiting flood zones in Texas and signing the GOP-backed tax overhaul package into law. He's tweeted to the "haters and losers" hundreds of times, and the holidays are no exception.

Trump cited his success in placing a new justice on the Supreme Court, his efforts to cut regulations and his big win on overhauling taxes, which he falsely described as the "largest tax cut in the history of our country". He's called for more progress in 2018, including the passage of a massive infrastructure bill, although analysts say it could prove hard given how the GOP-led Senate will hold a very slim 51-49 majority.

"'Fake news', either as a statement of fact or as an accusation, has been inescapable this year, contributing to the undermining of society's trust in news reporting: given the term's ubiquity and its regular usage by President Trump, it is clear that Collins's word of the year is very real news", Helen Newstead, Collins's head of language content, told The Guardian.



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