Trump Rips Wall Street Journal For Editorial Criticizing His Coronavirus Pressers: ‘WSJ Is Fake News!’
President Donald Trump fired back at The Wall Street Journal editorial board after they declared that his daily coronavirus press conferences have become “boring” and not productive. In response, Trump deemed Rupert Murdoch’s paper “Fake News” and touted the high ratings of the televised pressers.
“The Wall Street Journal always ‘forgets’ to mention that the ratings for the White House Press Briefings are ‘through the roof’ (Monday Night Football, Bachelor Finale, according to @nytimes) & is only way for me to escape the Fake News & get my views across,” Trump tweeted Thursday afternoon.
“WSJ is Fake News!” the president added.
The Wall Street Journal always “forgets” to mention that the ratings for the White House Press Briefings are “through the roof” (Monday Night Football, Bachelor Finale, according to @nytimes) & is only way for me to escape the Fake News & get my views across. WSJ is Fake News!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 9, 2020
On Wednesday, the WSJ editorial board ripped the coronavirus press conferences — which frequently allow Trump to demand praise for his efforts — in a column which argued the press conferences frequently devolve into a “useless squabble” with the press pool in the room.
The piece, titled “Trump’s Wasted Briefings,” argued that Trump will be judged by the results of his coronavirus response, not how well he says he did.
“Mr. Trump seems to have concluded that the briefings could be a showcase for him,” the editorial board wrote. “Perhaps they substitute in his mind for the campaign rallies he can no longer hold because of the risks. Perhaps he resented the media adulation that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been receiving for his daily show. Whatever the reason, the briefings are now all about the President.”
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