White House Confirms It Won’t Renew Subscriptions to New York Times, Washington Post

October 23, 2019 Updated: October 23, 2019

The White House confirmed it won’t be renewing subscriptions to the New York Times and Washington Post.

While regularly railing against the papers, President Donald Trump read them on a daily basis in Washington. But he called them “fake” during an interview this week, and said the subscriptions would “probably” be terminated.

White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham confirmed to Politico on Oct. 22 that “we won’t be renewing” the subscriptions of the papers.

Neither paper has officially commented on the announcement.

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The New York Times building in Manhattan in a file photograph. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Trump said during an appearance on Fox News that “every article” about him in the papers is negative, “no matter what” he does.

“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,” he said. “They are dishonest people.”

“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 added later.

“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.”

A man walks into the Washington Post’s new building in Washington, on March 3, 2016. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump has also criticized a slew of other media outlets during his presidency. He recently took aim at ABC after the network aired footage it said was from Syria but turned out to be from Kentucky.

“When you ask a question like that, that’s very deceptive, Jon,” Trump told Jon Karl after the reporter claimed the president gave turkey “the green light to invade” Syria.

“It’s almost as deceptive as you showing all of the bombings taking place in Syria and it turned out that the bombing that you showed on television took place in Kentucky,” Trump added. “I’m not even sure that ABC apologized for that, but certainly it was a terrible thing.”

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