During his Presidency, Donald Trump has been very sensitive about the way he is covered by the media, regularly slamming news sources like the New York Times and Washington Post. The Trump administration has attempted to ban critical reporters in the past. Just this week, the US District Court reinstated the press credentials of Playboy reporter, Brian Karem, after they were revoked by press secretary Stephanie Grisham.
On Saturday morning, the President again lashed out at two Washington Post reporters, Ashley Parker and Philip Rucker. Trump, upset at a recent article written by the pair, hinted that they may be banned as well.
The article which upset the President was titled, Trump’s Lost Summer. The writers discussed the many issues Trump faced this summer including a downturn in the economy, a spate of mass shootings and his war with “the squad.”
Trump and the White House did not take kindly to the piece. This morning Trump tweeted, “The Washington Post’s Philip Rucker (Mr. Off the Record) & Ashley Parker, two nasty lightweight reporters, shouldn’t even be allowed on the grounds of the White House because their reporting is so DISGUSTING & FAKE. Also, add the appointment of MANY Federal Judges this Summer!”
The Washington Post’s @PhilipRucker (Mr. Off the Record) & @AshleyRParker, two nasty lightweight reporters, shouldn’t even be allowed on the grounds of the White House because their reporting is so DISGUSTING & FAKE. Also, add the appointment of MANY Federal Judges this Summer! https://t.co/7d33tzKxXq
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 7, 2019
This is the second time Trump has been upset with Rucker in the past few weeks. The reporter made public comments from White House aide Madeleine Westerhout, that were critical of the President’s children. A White House official said of the comments, “This was an off-the-record dinner and the media blatantly violated that agreement.”