Trump Insists He 'Calls His Own Shots' After Reports Say Bannon Is Pulling Strings

Tweet comes after The New York Times released an unflattering portrait of Trump, insisting the president wasn't fully briefed before signing an executive order elevating Stephen Bannon to the National Security Council.

U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump attend the 60th Annual Red Cross Gala at Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., February 4, 2017.
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President Donald Trump is insisting "I call my own shots" and that any negative polling data is "fake news." It's unclear what prompted Trump's early morning tweets on Monday.

The New York Times released an unflattering portrait of Trump's nights at the White House, suggesting Trump spends much of his time watching cable news and wasn't fully briefed before signing an executive order elevating Steve Bannon to the National Security Council.

Recent newspaper headlines have also suggested that, "Donald Trump has lowest approval ratings of any President in US history," based a recent CNN/ORC International poll showing Trump with only 44 percent of Americans approving with his job performance so far, an all time low for a newly elected president.

Trump tweeted early Monday: "I call my own shots, largely based on an accumulation of data, and everyone knows it. Some FAKE NEWS media, in order to marginalize, lies!"