President Donald Trump denounced the Washington Post in a Sunday Twitter post, criticizing a story about his chief of staff, General John Kelly.
“The Washington Post is far more fiction than fact. Story after story is made up garbage—more like a poorly written novel than good reporting,” Trump wrote on Twitter.
The Washington Post reported that Kelly was experiencing a “downward arc” of influence in the White House while Trump was breaking free of his effort to instill more discipline. The story cited sixteen anonymous sources who were inside the White House, outside advisers, and confidants of the president.
“Always quoting sources (not names), many of which don’t exist,” Trump said. “Story on John Kelly isn’t true, just another hit job!”
Trump repeatedly feuds with the Washington Post over their coverage of his administration, especially the “palace intrigue” stories from inside the White House.
The Washington Post is far more fiction than fact. Story after story is made up garbage – more like a poorly written novel than good reporting. Always quoting sources (not names), many of which don’t exist. Story on John Kelly isn’t true, just another hit job!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 8, 2018
Trump has publicly praised Kelly’s service, especially in response to stories suggesting his exit from the administration:
Thank you to General John Kelly, who is doing a fantastic job, and all of the Staff and others in the White House, for a job well done. Long hours and Fake reporting makes your job more difficult, but it is always great to WIN, and few have won more than us!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 23, 2018