Following up on several Truth Social posts where former President Trump torched the New York Times and New York Post as sources of “fake news” on Thursday afternoon, Trump publicly apologized to his wife Melania and Fox News host Sean Hannity for the distressing reports coming out of some mainstream media outlets.
Trump cited media reports of his reaction to the loss dealt Republican candidate for Senate Dr. Mehmet Oz. Several outlets reported that Trump was furious and blamed the loss on comments made by his wife and the Fox News host.
Trump dismissed the accounts as “fictional stories.”
In a Thursday afternoon post on Truth Social, Trump wrote:
“I’d like to apologize to Melania and Sean Hannity for all of the Fake News and fictional stories (made up out of thin air, with no sources despite them claiming there are!), being dumped on you by reporters and ‘News’ Organizations who know these stories are not true.”
Trump added: “The Fake News Media is ‘Crazed’ and totally out of control. I only wish the public could understand how really corrupt and crooked they are. They MAKE UP stories and then push them down your throats. Our Country is in big trouble!”
Earlier in the day, RTM reported on how Trump took issue with the New York Post and The New York Times for reporting that the former president was detrimental to the Republican Party.
Times reporter Maggie Haberman wrote that Trump spent the day after the midterms “furious” after congressional Republicans failed to produce a “red wave” on election day.
On Wednesday, Haberman wrote: “Trump is indeed furious this morning, particularly about Mehmet Oz, and is blaming everyone who advised him to back Oz — including his wife, describing it as not her best decision, according to people close to him.”
ABC News reported that Trump was angry with Hannity for pushing him to back Oz.
Haberman also suggested that key Republicans are moving to distance themselves from Trump, writing: “Some in Trump’s orbit are pushing him to reschedule the expected announcement of his 2024 presidential plans next week, though that would mean ‘acknowledging he’s wounded’ by the midterm results.”
CNN’s Jim Acosta, a long-time foe of the former President, tweeted that an “unnamed” Trump adviser said it would be “too humiliating to delay” the announcement after Tuesday’s turnout, adding that “Trump is livid” and “screaming at everyone” after his favored candidates failed to deliver big wins on Tuesday.
The Hill reported Trump said the GOP’s midterm results were a “very big victory” despite being “somewhat disappointing.”