President Donald Trump on Wednesday called the New York Times "enemy of the people" in a tweet, attacking the paper for a report in which he would expose the president's alleged efforts to influence ongoing investigations into his campaign and his allies.
"The New York Times reports are wrong," the president wrote online Wednesday morning. "They are a real enemy of the people!"
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Trump did not refute any part of the Times' report in the tweet, although he responded Tuesday to a question from a reporter about the article about the former Attorney General by interim, Matthew Whitaker.
The Times reported that the president had asked him if Whitaker could entrust Geoffrey Berman, Trump's US appointed attorney for the Southern District of New York, with the responsibility of investigating pre-election stamp payments to women. claiming to have had relations with Trump. The Times reported that Whitaker had told the president that he could not ask Berman to oversee the investigation because the American lawyer had already challenged him.
"No, not at all, I do not know who gave you that," Trump told the press on Tuesday about the Times report. "It's more false news. There is a lot of false news out there. "
The president also protested against the press on Twitter earlier Wednesday, saying it had never been so dishonest.
"The authors do not even call for verification," tweeted Trump. "They are totally out of control. Unfortunately, I kept many of them in business. In six years they all party!
Maggie Haberman, one of the Times reporters who wrote the article, told CNN Wednesday that the Times had several times contacted the White House before publishing the report.