President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump offers Jeffrey Rosen to replace Rosenstein at MJ. McCabe says: "It's possible" Trump is an asset for Russia McCabe: Trump "undermines the role of law enforcement" Wednesday, applauded a student at Covington Catholic High School who is suing the Washington Post for $ 250 million.
The president tweeted part of Nick Sandmann's lawsuit in which he claims that the press "ignored the basic standards of journalism because it wanted to advance its well-known and easily-documented biased agenda against the president. Donald J. Trump. "
"Go get them Nick!" Trump tweeted. "False News!"
"The Washington Post ignored basic journalistic standards because it wanted to advance its well-known and easily-documented biased agenda against President Donald J. Trump." A student from Covington sues WAPO. Go get them Nick. False news!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 20, 2019
The libel suit accuses the Post of "targeting and intimidating" Sandmann, who was in Washington for the March for Life, and met with Nathan Phillips, a former American, who was present for the March of Indigenous Peoples.
Sandmann, who wore a "Make America Great Again" hat, could be seen on a video standing near Phillips and smiling. La Poste and other media outlets covered the video before additional images of the interaction were released.
Sandmann 's complaint alleges that the Post has published "a series of fake and defamatory articles online and printed," alleging that she had done so "because it was the only way to go about it. white and catholic student wearing a red souvenir cap "Make America Great Again".
The lawsuit is asking for $ 250 million, the amount that the post office owner, Jeff Bezos, paid for the newspaper in 2013.
The spokeswoman for the Post, Kristine Coratti Kelly, said in response to the complaint: "We are reviewing a copy of the complaint and we plan to put up a vigorous defense."
The president has a well-documented antecedent of attacks on the press and the Washington Post in particular. He decried negative coverage of himself and his administration as "false news" and called journalists and media "the enemy of the people" as recently as Tuesday.
In the past, Trump suggested that politicians update defamation laws to facilitate critical-content prosecutions.