President Donald Trump told Fox News’ Sean Hannity in a Monday interview that he does not want to keep printed copies of the New York Times and The Washington Post in the White House anymore, saying that he wants to “terminate” the publications.
“We don’t even want it in the White House anymore,” Trump told Fox News host Sean Hannity. “We’re going to probably terminate that and The Washington Post. They’re fake.”
While it is reported that the president is an avid reader of print newspapers, The DailyMail reported that White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham confirmed the president was referencing hard copy subscriptions, “which we won’t be renewing.”
While the president didn’t appear to be referencing the press access which the two publications currently enjoy, attorney Ted Boutrous, who defended CNN’s Chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta when his White House pass was revoked, weighed in:
“More compelling evidence, indeed another confession, that @realdonaldtrump and his team engage in content- and viewpoint- discrimination regarding certain (indeed many) members of the White House press corps, in plain violation of the First Amendment,” Boutrous tweeted Monday night.
More compelling evidence, indeed another confession, that @realDonaldTrump and his team engage in content- and viewpoint-based discrimination regarding certain (indeed many) members of the White House press corps, in plain violation of the First Amendment. https://t.co/dlP40wagUB
— Ted Boutrous (@BoutrousTed) October 22, 2019
Trump told Hannity in the same interview that he has asked Attorney General William Barr to look into potential ties between Hillary Clinton and corruption in the 2016 presidential election, including the anti-Trump dossier compiled by ex-British spy Christopher Steele
Hannity began the interview by reading the transcript of the conversation that Trump carried out with the Ukranian president, attempting to give a clear picture of the now infamous conversation.
After the piece was read, Trump clarified by saying that he was inquiring about rumors he had heard that 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton may have attempted to hire someone from Ukraine to write a dossier about him during the course of the election.
“You hear about Ukraine, and you’ve been hearing about it. I heard Clinton was involved,” Trump said.
“I heard they got somebody who wrote the fake dossier was out of Ukraine. All of the things that happened.
Trump went on to say that he believed Barr might be able to put the matter to rest once and for all:
“And, I assume that the attorney general – I would like the attorney general to find out what’s going on. Because you know what? We are investigating corruption.
“In my opinion, that is what it was, corruption, and if Ukraine would know something about the 2016 election, you have to give that information.”
Written by Savannah Pointer.