President Donald Trump is on the warpath again. Amid members of his administration doing the Sunday morning shows in an attempt to tamp down worries about coronavirus, the president spent part of his day attacking The New York Times.
Trump appeared especially agitated at the paper in his latest tweet, calling it a “dead paper.”
“The New York Times is an embarrassment to journalism. They were a dead paper before I went into politics, and they will be a dead paper after I leave, which will be in 5 years. Fake News is the Enemy of the people!”
It’s not clear what exactly set the president off — or made him take aim at that member of what he calls the “fake news.” He didn’t elaborate as to why he thought the publication was an embarrassment in any further tweets.
There are a couple of stories the paper has published recently which could have drawn the president’s ire. The biggest story of the weekend had to do with a man who has been tied to a couple of different Republican administrations.
Erik Prince, the former head of military contractor group Blackwater, allegedly has very close ties to the Trump administration.
The New York Times ran an expose on Saturday detailing Prince’s alleged efforts to infiltrate democratic organizations by using former spies. Prince was reportedly teaming up with Project Veritas in order to run some of these schemes.
Project Veritas is a group that infiltrates various organizations and creates hidden-camera videos meant to embarrass or expose them, largely entities tied to liberal causes.
Using ex-spies to infiltrate liberal organizations and being tied back to the Trump administration is certainly embarrassing for the president on some level. On the other hand, Prince’s operation could be hailed as embarrassing for progressives and liberals in certain circles.
Another New York Times article published on Sunday morning might have been enough to trigger Trump’s criticism. Said article detailed an alleged clash among White House insiders as to how to handle the coronavirus outbreak, also claiming that there was a conflict on what information should be given to the public.
Donald Trump is often displeased by stories claiming disorganization or chaos inside his administration, and is often quick to try and debunk such claims.
Earlier in the morning, Trump did tweet about his handling of the coronavirus, claiming the administration has a perfectly coordinated and “fine-tuned plan.”