Donald Trump has launched into a Twitter tirade about an unflattering expose of his first two weeks in the White House. The New York Times article contains distressing reports of the President’s aides communicating in the dark because they cannot find the light switch, the President watching cable TV in his bathrobe and marking up negative news stories with a black sharpie.
TRUMP HITS BACK
Mr Trump has hit back at the report and suggested the newspaper has written “total fiction” about him and made-up their sources. “The failing NY Times writes total fiction concerning me. They have gotten it wrong for two years, and now are making up stories & sources!” the President and billionaire property mogul wrote on Twitter on Monday.
The report was based on anonymous accounts from government officials, congressional aides and other insiders. “The failing NY Times was forced to apologise to its subscribers for the poor reporting it did on my election win. Now they are worse!” the 70-year-old later added.
Mr Trump has an ongoing quarrel against America’s second largest newspaper and has regularly vented his frustrations against its reporting of him and claimed its subscription rates are falling. But, the paper has really seen readership figures increase and recently announced it has added the most digital subscribers since 2011.
The President’s press secretary Sean Spicer has also criticized the report and commanded an apology from the New York Times. “That report was so riddled with inaccuracies and lies that they owe the president an apology,” Spicer told reporters on the Air Force One on Monday. “There were just literally blatant factual errors and it’s unacceptable to see that kind of reporting or so-called reporting.” Spicer also took issue with the report’s claim Mr Trump wears a bathrobe, saying the President does not even own one. “I don’t think the president owns a bathrobe; he definitely doesn’t wear one,” he said. “From top to bottom they made up stories that just don’t exist. And I think that’s unfortunate.”
Quickly after Spicer made the comments, images of Mr Trump wearing a bathrobe flooded social media.
Sean Spicer: “I don’t think the president owns a bathrobe.”
Anyone with internet access: pic.twitter.com/SNZBoG0Zcn
— Casey Clemmons (@Casey_Clemmons) February 6, 2017
SMALL AND CHAOTIC
The Times report paints a picture of a small, chaotic and fractious team of advisors being required to rethink their tactics after facing significant backlash. It also claimed Mr Trump is frustrated by his team’s failure to control the backlash against his executive orders and is feeling “increasingly pinched by the pressures of the job”. He was also reported to have been determining that the early stages of his presidency were going well until the barrage of bad headlines.
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