On Saturday morning, the President of the United States came at the New York Times on Twitter (again), calling them “WRONG” and accusing them of using phony sources after they reported on the impossibilities of pulling off a meeting with North Korea within two weeks.
Within hours, a journalist found audio of the exact moment that a real person, who actually very much does exist, said exactly what the New York Times reported they had said.
Before posting the video, Yashar Ali took a moment to clarify that he was not at the briefing and thus not bound by its terms of confidentiality: “I do not believe reporters should violate off record or on background agreements under any circumstances. Not my agreement, so I can tweet.”
And tweet he did.
Trump has yet to comment, instead choosing to spend his afternoon rage-tweeting about Spygate and the Russia probe, but the Times has reported on the latest presidential lie, sneaking in this clever follow-up to the original accusation.
It is not clear whether the president was simply unaware of the actions of his own senior staff or if he knowingly ignored the truth.
I see what you did there.
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