President Trump was attending an event with sheriffs from across the country Wednesday when he heard that an anonymous administration official had written a scathing op-ed about internal White House "resistance" to his agenda. That didn't stop him from letting his criticism about "the dishonest media" fly.
"This is what we have to deal with, you know, the dishonest media," he said. "It's really a disgrace." Deciding that denouncing The New York Times for publishing the piece wasn't enough, Trump swiveled to face the cameras. "Nobody has done what this administration has done in terms of getting things passed, and getting things through," he said.
He continued by slamming the anonymous source, who he said was "probably failing, and probably here for all the wrong reasons." He also said the Times was failing, asserting that "if I weren't here, I believe The New York Times probably wouldn't even exist." And someday, when he leaves office, he said, the Times, CNN, "and all of these phony media outlets will be out of business, folks, because there will be nothing to write." Watch the moment below, via BuzzFeed News. Summer Meza
Trump responding to today's NYT oped: "So when you tell me about some anonymous source within the administration, probably who's failing and probably here for all the wrong reasons, now, and "The New York Times" is failing." pic.twitter.com/0zpEG0DO5L
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