Donald Trump has never made his severe dislike for the New York Times any kind of secret. The President chides the paper for being dishonest and regularly refers to it as “the failing New York Times.” Contrary to Trump’s descriptions, however, the Times is seeing a tremendous increase in subscriptions.
Thomas Friedman, a writer for the paper, recently interviewed Trump for a piece concerning his 2020 electability. Trump, furious over the article, took Freidman to task on Twitter this morning. Friedman has now responded to the President with a harsh reply.
The feud started this morning when Trump tweeted, “Thomas “the Chin” Friedman, a weak and pathetic sort of guy, writes columns for The New York Times in between rounds of his favorite game, golf. Two weeks ago, while speaking to a friend on his cell phone, I unfortunately ended up speaking to Friedman. We spoke for a while and he could not have been nicer or more respectful to your favorite President.”
Trump continued, “Then I saw the column he wrote, “Trump Will Be Re-elected, Won’t He?” He called me a Racist, which I am not, and said Rhode Island went from economically bad to great in 5 years because the Governor of the State did a good job. That may be true but she could not have done it without the tremendous economic success of our Country & the turnaround that my Administration has caused. Really Nasty to me in his average I.Q. Columns, kissed my a.. on the call. Phony!”
Friedman’s reply to the President was short but equally biting. The journalist simply wrote, “For me it is always about what is best for America – the country that I love and that you are now tearing apart.”
For me it is always about what is best for America – the country that I love and that you are now tearing apart.
Respectfully yours, Tom Friedman
— Thomas L. Friedman (@tomfriedman) July 19, 2019
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