President Trump believes he has found an ally in his crusade against the media.
Via Twitter, he pledged Saturday to “fight the #FakeNews” with Polish President Andrzej Duda, whose right-wing party has been accused of a crackdown on a free press.
Last year, Duda signed a law putting state-owned media under government control because – according to an aide – he didn’t believe they were objective.
Trump was responding to a Thursday tweet from Duda after a widely circulated video appeared to show Polish first lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda ignoring Trump’s handshake, and shaking first lady Melania Trump’s hand instead during the first couple’s trip to Poland.
Tweeting in English, Duda wrote: “Contrary to some surprising reports my wife did shake hands with Mrs. and Mr. Trump @POTUS after a great visit. Let’s FIGHT FAKE NEWS.”
A longer video showed Kornhauser-Duda shaking Melania Trump’s hand and then President Trump’s.
At Trump’s Warsaw speech, Duda loyalists shouted “Fake News!” – in English – at passing American reporters.
Trump’s dissatisfaction with the media has been a conversation topic with other world leaders.
During a visit to Washington last week, South Korean President Moon Jae-in joked to Trump that he also suffers a bit from “fake news.”
And Russian President Vladimir Putin shared a laugh with Trump before their one-on-one meeting Friday when Putin pointed to journalists and asked, “These are the ones who insulted you?”
Trump responded, “These are the ones, you’re right about that.”
Contributing: Gregory Korte
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