When The New York Times printed a story saying that the U.S. Defense Department was keeping secrets from the president out of fear of his ties to a hostile foreign country, Trump’s Twitter meltdown was imminent. When it came on Saturday night, it included accusations of a crime punishable by death.
Putting aside the fact that the current U.S. president doesn’t understand what the word “treason” means (no one is aiding and abetting a foreign enemy with whom the country is currently at war), let’s focus on Trump’s insistence that a news outlet is doing dangerous harm to the American people in the same week that Trump insisted that taking campaign help from a hostile foreign government is completely legal (it isn’t) and the irony will truly sink in.
The Times tweeted a response later in the evening, and it appears that Trump’s own administration is leery of telling the president about actions being taken to protect the 2020 elections.
Accusing the press of treason is dangerous.
We described the article to the government before publication. As our story notes, President Trump’s own national security officials said there were no concerns. https://t.co/MU020hxwdc pic.twitter.com/4CIfcqKoEl
— NYTimes Communications (@NYTimesPR) June 16, 2019
While the Times references national security officials and their lack of concern over reporting this story to show that their story is not expected to cause any harm to the country, it’s also quite stunning that, once again, there is evidence that Trump’s administration is just as suspicious of their leader as everyone else with any sense is.
Trump’s war with the free press is indicative of only one thing: he wants badly to keep secrets, but his own people are working against him. One can only hope they’ll temper his worst impulses, but recent interviews show that no one is truly able to reign him in.
Twitter had a lot of thoughts on the war between Trump and the press. Read some of their thoughts below: