President Donald Trump began his 200th day in office on Monday in the same way that he has started so many others since moving into the White House: by attacking the media on Twitter, specifically The New York Times.
“The failing @nytimes, which has made every wrong prediction about me including my big election win (apologized), is totally inept!” Trump wrote online Monday morning. It was not immediately clear to which specific story, if any, he was responding.
Trump has complained regularly that he is not treated fairly by the media and is especially critical of the Times, a publication he nonetheless has engaged in multiple sit-down interviews with. He often characterizes the newspaper as “failing,” a label the Times says is not accurate.
While the president did not indicate a specific story from the Times that had drawn his ire, a report published by the newspaper over the weekend outlined Republican preparations, including some by Vice President Mike Pence, to ready the party for the possibility of a 2020 presidential race that does not include the president. That Times report prompted a statement from Pence in which the vice president denied the newspaper’s reporting and called it “disgraceful and offensive to me, my family and our entire team.”
Monday morning, the Times’ homepage featured a report on the Trump administration’s efforts to allow more coal mining on public lands in the Western U.S., as well as a report headlined: “Many politicians lie. But Trump has elevated the art of fabrication.”