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Trump attacks media, says N.Y. Times should 'beg for forgiveness'

John T. Bennett, CQ-Roll Call on

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WASHINGTON -- After days of media coverage describing the White House portrayed in special counsel Robert S. Mueller's report as rife with dysfunction and ignored presidential orders, Donald Trump on Tuesday lambasted those who cover him.

He even suggested one of his top media targets, The New York Times, should "get down on their knees & beg for forgiveness."

In one of his most explosive morning Twitter rants in months, the president went on an extended diatribe about the media that included mocking CNN and other outlets, and renewing his charge that MSNBC morning show host Joe Scarborough, a former GOP House member from Florida, is "Psycho."

The president was notably terse with reporters at the White House on Monday when they asked him questions about some of Mueller's findings and the potential that House Democrats might eventually impeach him for the former FBI director's finding that he attempted to obstruct justice in some cases and likely did in others.

Trump often takes questions for 10 minutes or more at the executive mansion when reporters are given access. But he answered Monday in short bursts, including saying, "nobody disobeys my orders" even though Mueller uncovered a number of times his top aides did so. And when asked if he is worried about impeachment, he replied, "not even a little bit."

He let his frustrations with the media show on Tuesday morning.


He first lashed out at Times columnist Paul Krugman, saying his predictions of tanking markets has been proven wrong.

"I wonder if the New York Times will apologize to me a second time, as they did after the 2016 Election. But this one will have to be a far bigger & better apology," the president wrote, prompting the newspaper's chief White House correspondent, Peter Baker to respond with this tweet: "Never apologized, never had a reason to."

The clearly agitated president then alleged that the "Radical Left Democrats, together with their leaders in the Fake News Media, have gone totally insane!" He concluded that must mean "the Republican agenda is working."

But Democratic lawmakers and the party's 2020 presidential candidates say the economy is not as strong as Trump makes out, signaling they intend to challenge him on what he wants to be a central part of his re-election message.


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