Copies of the New York Post with an illustration of President Donald Trump as a professional wrestler on the front page are displayed at a newsstand in New York City, Monday, July 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
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Whether by whim or design, President Donald Trump keeps adding fuel to his incendiary Twitter battle against the media.Trump tweeted Monday that "at some point the Fake News will be forced to discuss our great jobs numbers, strong economy, success with ISIS [Daesh], the border & so much else!"It's his own campaign against the press, though, that keeps changing the subject from that more-substantive policy debate Trump claims to crave. It was unprecedented, even for Trump: A sitting president, in effect promoting physical assault of a media stand-in.Unrepentant, Trump argued over the weekend that his outsized Twitter presence was part of a calculated redefinition of the presidency.Princeton University historian Julian Zelizer said that while presidents from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Richard Nixon and George W. Bush have long distrusted and made derogatory statements about the press, Trump's sustained and personal attacks are something entirely new.Jamieson blamed Trump for stoking the battle, but also chided the press for giving it undue attention.
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