Both papers are openly against Trump and were two of the main outlets pushing the Trump-Russia collusion theory.
“You see every article is just—no matter what you do, no matter how good you’re doing,” Trump said of the Post, which is owned by Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, during an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Oct. 21. “With all the things we’ve done—regulation cuts, the biggest tax cut in history, so many things, we’re energy independent now … so there’s so many things, but they won’t give you a decent article.”
“These are dishonest people,” Trump added, noting the Post published an article on the day he was inaugurated as president that read: “The campaign to impeach President Trump has begun.”
Hannity said the media has been trying to cover for former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden. The elder Biden bragged last year that in 2016 he threatened to withhold $1 billion in aid from Ukraine unless the country ousted a prosector that was probing Burisma, an energy company that paid Hunter Biden from 2014 to 2019.
“If that were my sons that took 168 thousand dollars from this very questionable company, an energy company, and they knew nothing about energy—he knew nothing about energy and he has a bad record, bad track record, including getting thrown out of the Navy, and even the way he got into the Navy is interesting in his position. If that were Don Jr., if that were Eric Trump, who are very outstanding young men, it would be the biggest story of the century,” Trump said.
“What does it say about the media? I agree with you,” Hannity responded.
“The media’s corrupt. Not all medias, look I know some great people, including you, but I know some great journalists. Look, they gave Pulitizer Prizes to people that got it wrong. Okay, all these people from the New York Times—which is a fake newspaper, we don’t even want it in the White House anymore, we’re gonna probably terminate that and the Washington Post,” he said. “They’re fake. But you take a look at the New York Times, and you take a look at the kind of reporting they do, it turned out to be all wrong.”
Trump said the paper apologized after he was elected because of its coverage.
“They say, ‘it wasn’t really an apology,’ it was,” Trump said.