Maine Gov. Paul LePage insinuated that he feeds false stories to the news media, whom he called "vile," "inaccurate" and "useless" in an interview with Maine's WGAN-AM radio station, the Associated Press reported.
"I just love to sit in my office and make up ways so they'll write these stupid stories because they are just so stupid, it's awful," LePage said.
The Republican's comments came in response to news reports that he planned to take a vacation while his state's government is shut down amid budget negotiations.
LePage reportedly told two Maine lawmakers on Monday that he planned to leave the state, the lawmakers said.
Maine Gov. Paul LePage
Maine Gov. Paul LePage
Maine Governor Paul LePage speaks at the 23rd Annual Energy Trade & Technology Conference in Boston, Massachusetts, November 13, 2015. REUTERS/Gretchen Ertl/File Photo
Maine Governor Paul LePage (L) stands with Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard at the 23rd Annual Energy Trade & Technology Conference in Boston, Massachusetts, November 13, 2015. The two day conference hosts some of North America's leading policy leaders, public utility executives and energy technology authorities. REUTERS/Gretchen Ertl
Maine Governor Paul LePage talks to reporters as he departs after testifying before a U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee hearing to review draft legislation on hydropower, on Capitol Hill in Washington May 13, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
AUGUSTA, ME - JUNE 30: During a press conference at the State House on Friday, Gov. Paul LePage said he would not sign any budget that comes out of the legislature today and he will wait the full ten days before vetoing it. If a budget is not passed by midnight, the state will enter into a partial shutdown. (Staff Photo by Gregory Rec/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)
PORTLAND, ME - APRIL 18: Governor Paul LePage speaks at a Young Americans for Freedom event at USM's Hannaford Hall on Tuesday evening. (Photo by John Ewing/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)
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"He could not have been more clear that he was leaving tomorrow morning for about 10 days," Maine Sen. Roger Katz, also a Republican, told the Press-Herald. "There was no nuance and no ambiguity about that."
But LePage denied he planned to leave the state and said that his remarks had been misinterpreted. He said he meant that his pen, not he, would take a vacation, an apparent reference to his refusal to sign a budget containing a tax increase.
LePage is no stranger to controversy. In January, LePage suggested to famed Civil Rights leader Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) that Republicans should be thanked for ending slavery.
In 2016, LePage was hammered by critics after suggesting men with names like "D-Money," "Smoothie" and "Shifty" were bringing drugs into Maine and impregnating white women.
He has also mocked immigrants and suggested using guillotines to execute drug traffickers.