The New York Times called it “dangerous” for President Donald Trump to accuse the paper of a “virtual act of treason” after it published a story about the U.S. escalating cyber attacks on Russia’s electric power grid.
Trump lashed out at the paper in a pair of angry tweets Saturday night, calling the story “not true” and the media “true cowards” and “the enemy of the people.”
“Do you believe that the Failing New York Times just did a story stating that the United States is substantially increasing Cyber Attacks on Russia. This is a virtual act of Treason by a once great paper so desperate for a story, any story, even if bad for our Country,” he tweeted.
“ALSO, NOT TRUE! Anything goes with our Corrupt News Media today. They will do, or say, whatever it takes, with not even the slightest thought of consequence! These are true cowards and without doubt, THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!”
The New York Times’ official public relations account replied to Trump’s tweet Saturday night and called the accusation “dangerous” and noted that the paper reached out to the administration for comment on the story and Trump’s own officials said they had “no concerns” about the story, which the story noted was “perhaps an indication that some of the intrusions were intended to be noticed by the Russians.”
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
“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,” the paper said in a tweet.