President Donald Trump defended his firing Thursday of Las Venegas police chief Victor Lopez as he said the media is to blame for spreading “lies” about his firing.
Trump blasted “fake news” on Twitter, saying he had “the absolute right to fire the people that did not do a good job.”
“Fake news is the enemy of the American people,” Trump tweeted.
“I always said I would fire the fake news people.”
Trump also blasted the media for a “total failure” to report his comments on the Las Vegas shooting and for calling it a tragedy.
“We are getting a total failure by the Fake News media.
This is not a tragedy,” Trump wrote in one tweet.”
The media is a disgrace and has no credibility!”
He said he had the right to make the decisions on how to handle the investigation.
“I am very glad that my decision was final and I am very grateful for all of the support,” he said.
He did not specify what actions he would take.
The Las Vegas gunman, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, killed 58 people at the Route 91 Harvest Festival on Sunday night.
Authorities believe he used multiple weapons, including an AR-15-style rifle, a shotgun and a pistol, in the attack.
Trump has said he believes the country is “at war” with ISIS, but has said his thoughts are not with the militants and they are the ones that have killed hundreds of people.
“When I hear the term ‘war,’ I say, ‘War!
War!’,” he told The New York Times in April.