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Trump names 'winners' of his fake news awards

The announcement, which Trump teased on his Twitter account for the past two weeks, came hours after a Republican senator rebuked him for attacking the free press.

FILE: US President Donald Trump. Picture: AFP

NEW YORK - US President Donald Trump has unveiled what he has dubbed the winners of his fake news awards, taking his persistent attacks on a number of mainstream American media outlets to a new level.

The announcement, which Trump teased on his Twitter account for the past two weeks, came hours after a Republican senator rebuked him for attacking the free press.

Republican Senator Jeff Flake has compared President Trump’s rhetoric about the media to language used by Stalin to undermine the free press and slammed what he called Trump’s dangerous disregard for the truth.

Hours later, Trump announced his ten so-called honorees on Twitter, linking to a website that crashed soon after.

CNN, the New York Times and the Washington Post were among the targets of Trump’s awards, with Nobel prize-winning economist Paul Krugman, a New York Times columnist, being in the number one spot.

On the day of Trump’s presidential win, Krugman wrote that the US economy would never recover.