When Will the Media Stop Calling Him ‘Trump’s Apprentice’
Posted November 14, 2019 05:12:53In the last year, the White House has been under intense pressure to explain what went wrong during its attempt to get the president fired for lying about his own involvement in the deadly riots at the Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, Florida.
But instead of answering questions about the incident, Trump lashed out at the media and the president of the United States on Twitter.
During his daily briefing, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the president had been “firing off tweets and attacks” on the media, saying that was part of his “brand” and that “there is no place in the United State of America for the kind of fake news that is being spread” by the media.
But Trump’s tweetstorm is not over.
Sanders continued to criticize the media for its coverage of the incident in which Trump lied about his involvement and accused them of being complicit in it, calling the media “the enablers of this terrible incident.”
She said the administration was looking into the matter.
A week after the incident and just weeks after his inauguration, the president and his administration have been under increased pressure to respond to questions about why he lied about it.
On Monday, he tweeted about the investigation into his former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, calling him “a liar” and a “puppet” and also making reference to the New York Times reporting on Lewandowski’s relationship with the Russian government.
The president has also been asked about the White Helmets, a U.N.-supported group that is trying to rescue victims of the Russian-backed attack on Aleppo.
At the same time, Sanders said she hoped the investigation would “not get into the president’s personal life, but into the way that he has been engaging in this effort to attack the press.”
During the briefing on Tuesday, Sanders also addressed what she called “the unprecedented level of intimidation” the president has been subjected to by the press.
She said that in the last six weeks, “the president has received over a dozen death threats, and many more emails have been sent to his personal email account.
The president has faced multiple attempts to shut down his press conference and shut down press briefings, including threats from members of his own party to cut off funding for the press and the White house.”
She said this harassment was being perpetrated by members of the “fake news” media who “have made themselves into the enemy of the American people.”
She added, “They are using the same tactics that the Nazis used in Germany to silence their opponents and destroy their work and their credibility.”
Sanders continued to claim that the president is not being punished for his lying, saying, “This is not a president who is going to be treated unfairly by the American press.”
She added, however, that the administration has “zero tolerance” for any attempt to silence the press in any way.
On Wednesday, the New Yorker’s Mark Halperin published a story that said that the White Senate counsel, Stephen Boyd, “has said repeatedly that Trump is not under investigation and that his White House is not cooperating with the special counsel.”
Halperi also wrote that the Senate intelligence committee, which is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election, had reached out to the White Houses lawyers.
In an interview on CNN on Thursday, White National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster defended the president against claims that he lied under oath, saying the president told the truth.
“The president told his story as it was unfolding and that was what he told the American public,” McMaster said.
“The president’s statement, that he was involved in the decision to fire people in the Trump campaign, was completely consistent with what he said in the context of the situation.”
He added that the investigation “is in its infancy” and is still looking into Trump’s role in the incident.
“He did lie under oath in front of the Senate,” McMaster continued.
“I don’t think the president ever had any intention of lying.
I don’t believe he ever thought that he would have a conflict of interest.”
The New Yorker also reported that “Trump’s lawyers are planning a strategy to make it harder for Mueller to subpoena his private emails.”
The New Yorker said that Kushner and others in the White Tower had begun discussing how to prevent Mueller from obtaining the emails, while White House Counsel Don McGahn, who also serves as deputy attorney general, reportedly discussed how to limit what the White.
House would reveal about the president if he were indicted.
As for why Trump’s tweets were so important, the Wall Street Journal’s Josh Dawsey tweeted, “Trump has been trying to take down the press for the last 18 months.”
Dawsey said the WhiteHouse’s response to Trump’s attacks on the press was “a major turnabout from the usual hyper-precision” that