Trump Blasts NYT & WaPo: When I Figure Out Who's More Dishonest 'I'll Let You Know'
President blasts 'dishonest' and 'corrupt' media outlets
President Donald Trump took shots at The New York Times and The Washington Post for being “dishonest” and “corrupt" while being interviewed during a “Fox & Friends” update on the battle against the China originated coronavirus.
“Number one, you don’t know what they’re doing, and when you read it in The Washington Post, you don’t believe it. … I see stories in The Washington Post that are so fake and are so phony,” Trump said.
“When I read things in The Washington Post, I mean, I can tell you stories they write that are just the opposite."
"They will do anything they can to hurt this presidency, and yet here we are with the best numbers we’ve ever had," Trump said.
"I don’t even understand it when you can get such fake news from so many," he added.
"The New York Times is a totally dishonest paper; they are dishonest people — Washington Post same thing," Trump asserted.
"I’m trying to figure out for three and a half years, who is more dishonest, who is more corrupt, The Washington Post or the New York Times?" Trump questioned.
"When I figure it out I’ll let you know. We’ll have a special.”
The edited quote created the false impression that Trump was denying federal support for ventilators for hospitals treating coronavirus victims.
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In Trump's message, he recommended that states procure ventilators because it would be quicker, adding the federal government “will be backing you.”
But the Times journalists edited the president’s statement and shared an out of context quote on social media.
Trump told the governors during the Monday conference:
“Respirators, ventilators, all of the equipment — try getting it yourselves."
“We will be backing you, but try getting it yourselves. Point of sales, much better, much more direct if you can get it yourself.”
But the Times journalists left out most of what the president said in the body of their posts.