President Trump steps-up attack on media after synagogue shooting

National News

(NBC News) — President Trump is mixing calls for unity with a new stepped-up attack on the media in the wake of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, blaming “fake news” for the “great anger in the country.”

The White House is defending the president’s message and tone.

“You guys have a huge responsibility to play in the divisive nature of this country when 90 percent of the coverage of everything this president does is negative,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters during a briefing Monday. 

“The very first thing the president did was condemn the attacks, the very first thing the media did was blame the president for these outrageous acts,” Sanders added.

In Pittsburgh, some Jewish leaders are pointing the finger at the president and asking him not to go to the scene of Saturday’s shooting during a visit scheduled for Tuesday. An open letter signed by 16,000 people accuses the president of stoking white nationalism, and says the attack was ” a direct culmination of your influence.”

The president’s heated rhetoric has come under increasing scrutiny after many of his frequent targets received packages filled with pipe bombs. Another addressed to CNN was intercepted Monday in Atlanta, even though the suspect, avid Trump supporter Cesar Sayoc, has been apprehended.

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