WASHINGTON — President Trump on Thursday assailed the media for editorials in newspapers across the country that championed the freedom of the press, a unified response in the face of the president’s relentless attacks.
In a series of morning Twitter posts, Mr. Trump said The Boston Globe was “in collusion” with other newspapers for leading the editorial effort, choosing a word that has become synonymous with the special counsel’s investigation into Russian election interference — an investigation that he has repeatedly called a “witch hunt” and a “hoax.”
Trump also added “PROVE IT!” in one of the messages, though it was not clear what he meant.
In a subsequent tweet, he wrote that he was in favor of “true FREEDOM OF THE PRESS,” but repeated accusations that most of the news it produced was fake or pushing a particular political agenda. Earlier in the morning, Mr. Trump also called the “fake news media” the “opposition party.”
The president has called the press the enemy of the people and rallied his supporters to speak out against the news media, a directive critics have said could lead to violence against journalists. Earlier this month, a senior editor at The Globe proposed that newspapers publish editorials about “the dangers of the administration’s assault on the press.”
Speaking to reporters ahead of a cabinet meeting, Mr. Trump briefly alluded to the editorials.
“If you’d like, you can stay. If you’d like, you can leave,” Mr. Trump told reporters. “Freedom of the press.”
The Senate on Thursday passed a resolution in support of press freedoms, which included an affirmation “that the press is not the enemy of the people.”
Mr. Trump took a swipe at The Globe by noting that The New York Times Company had sold the paper at a steep loss, though he incorrectly said that the price had been $1. The Times Company sold The Globe and other properties for $70 million in 2013, after having paid $1.1 billion two decades before.
The president’s tweets came a day after the White House announced that Mr. Trump had taken the unprecedented step of revoking the security clearance of one of his biggest critics, John O. Brennan, the former director of the C.I.A. Mr. Brennan said the president’s action was an attempt to silence him and a warning to others who speak out against him and his administration’s policies.
“Mr. Trump’s claims of no collusion are, in a word, hogwash,” Mr. Brennan, who led the C.I.A. when Russia started its interference campaign, wrote in an opinion article published in The Times.
Mr. Trump has been fighting accusations that his presidential campaign colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 election. He has repeatedly said there was no collusion and has called news reports about his campaign’s contacts with Russia “fake news,” even as federal prosecutors detailed such communications in legal documents.
The White House said the president was considering revoking the security clearances of other former national security officials and one current official. Former national security officials maintain their security clearances in part to be of assistance to new administrations for consultation or elaboration on historical context.