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In a lengthy press conference during which he lambasted the media’s coverage of his administration, US President Donald Trump blasted stories questioning the ties between his administration and Russia as “fake news” and “a ruse.”

“Russia is fake news. It’s fake news,” Mr Trump told reporters at the surprise press conference on Thursday, during which he unveiled a new labour secretary nominee after the first one withdrew.

Mr Trump has been facing intense scrutiny after his national security advisor, Michael Flynn, resigned after it was revealed that he may have broken the law in his dealing with the Russian ambassador. Some of Mr Trump’s campaign aides are also facing questions about their contacts with Russian intelligence agents in the months leading up to the election.

During the press conference, Mr Trump turned fire on the media, telling reporters that their coverage has been “not fair”, singling out outlets including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN and even the BBC. “If you really told it straight,” he added, “I’d be your biggest fan.”

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