Trump Announced His 'FAKE NEWS' Awards and They Crashed the Internet

The link Trump tweeted, which was broken for 90 minutes, listed 10 stories by news outlets

President Donald Trump reacts on seeing visitors to the White House as he walks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Friday, Aug. 4, 2017, to board Marine One helicopter
AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File

U.S. President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter on Wednesday evening that his "FAKE NEWS winners" could be found on the Republican National Committee website.

The link, which was broken for 90 minutes, listed 10 stories by news outlets. An 11th item was coverage of "RUSSIA COLLUSION!" that Trump called a "hoax." In a second Twitter post, Trump said there were also "many great reporters I respect."

Earlier on Wednesday, Republican U.S. Senator Jeff Flake castigated President Donald Trump for his attacks on the media, saying Trump had embraced the despotic language of former Soviet dictator Josef Stalin and inspired modern-day authoritarians. Flake, 55, an Arizona conservative who has frequently feuded with Trump, described himself in October as out of step with his party and said would not seek re-election. His term ends in January 2019.

Trump has repeatedly chosen to make criticism of the news media a central focus of his public remarks since taking office in 2017.