Trump: "Any negative polls are fake news"

President Trump has continued defending his executive order on immigration, as legal battles over the travel ban continue

Donald Trump, President,

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US President Donald Trump has claimed that "any negative polls are fake news" in his latest series of confrontational tweets.

Over the last several days, President Trump has been using the social network and interviews to defend his executive order on immigration, which has faced widespread opposition.

He has said that judges who blocked the order - which temporarily halted immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries and suspended the US refugee programme - are putting the US in peril.

The US government has until later today to submit additional legal briefs to an appeals court justifying the executive order, which was temporarily blocked by a judge in Seattle on Friday.

In his latest tweets, he yet again focused on criticising mainstream media outlets, while also insisting he 'calls his own shots'.

He also referenced the polling before the election, which had mostly forecast a Hillary Clinton win.

Polls over the last week have indicated the US is divided over the controversial order, although the results have differed slightly in the few polls to have been conducted on the topic so far.

A Reuters/Ipsos poll last week showed that 49% of Americans agreed with the order and 41% disagreed, with a breakdown showing clear divisions along party lines.

In contrast, CBS poll later in the week showed more respondents (51%) disapproving rather than approving (45%) of the travel ban.

Polls during the first weeks of Mr Trump's presidency have shown record low approval ratings for a new president.

Gallup figures showed President Trump beginning his term with a 45% approval rating, compared to 67% for Barack Obama in 2009.

The phrase 'fake news' has become widely used in recent months.

'Fake news' is primarily used to refer to intentionally & blatantly false or misleading stories, often shared on social media. However, the Trump administration has since frequently adopted the phrase to criticise many media outlets and individual stories.