Trump Revoked WaPo Press Access Over a Headline for a Comment Trump Refused to Clarify


So you saw that Donald Trump revoked the Washington Post‘s press access, but you’re probably wondering what the hell he was actually complaining about in the first place.

Well, aside from his general outrage at the paper, Trump was set off today by a WaPo article headlined “Donald Trump seems to connect President Obama to Orlando shooting.”

What spurred that headline? Well, Trump gave an interview to Fox & Friends today (video below) in which he criticized the president’s response to the Orlando massacre with this observation:

“Look, we’re led by a man that either is not tough, not smart, or he’s got something else in mind. And the something else in mind––you know, people can’t believe it. People cannot, they cannot believe that President Obama is acting the way he acts and can’t even mention the words ‘radical Islamic terrorism.’ There’s something going on. It’s inconceivable. There’s something going on.”

Now, that seems like he’s implying something pretty serious (secret Muslim?) without actually coming out and saying it.

BuzzFeed’s Andrew Kaczynski flagged down some audio of Trump speaking on those very comments later today––before he issued the ban––so you would think if the headline angered him so much, he would have cleared up what he meant earlier.

He did not:

“Well, you know, I’ll let people figure that out for themselves… There certainly doesn’t seem to be a lot anger or passion when he––when we want to demand retribution for what happened over the weekend. There was certainly not a lot of passion. There was certainly not a lot of anger. You know, I’ll let that, we’ll let people figure it out.”

So basically, Trump revoked the Washington Post‘s press access for drawing a conclusion from vague implicating remarks that he is refusing to clarify.

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