Trump tweeted on Saturday morning that reporters Philip Rucker and Ashley Parker “shouldn’t even be allowed on the grounds of the White House.”
Trump frequently blasts the Post and its owner, Jeff Bezos, which is a testament to the newspaper’s exclusive reporting and agenda-setting power.
Rucker and Parker’s article came out on Sunday evening and said some “Trump advisers and allies” felt like the president’s summer was defined by “self-inflicted controversies and squandered opportunities.”
Trump pushed back personally on Saturday morning, calling Rucker and Parker “nasty lightweight reporters” who publish “DISGUSTING & FAKE” reporting.
In reality, the reporters are widely respected inside and outside the Post.
The Post’s executive editor Marty Baron responded to Trump by saying the paper is “immensely proud to have these two superb journalists on staff. Philip Rucker and Ashley Parker have consistently demonstrated their integrity in covering the White House. We stand fully behind them and their important work.”
Baron added, “The president’s statement fits into a pattern of seeking to denigrate and intimidate the press. It’s unwarranted and dangerous, and it represents a threat to a free press in this country.”
The reporters sued in both cases, seeking the immediate restoration of their access. Justice Department lawyers had to go to court and defend the White House’s actions. And in both cases, the Justice Department lost in court. A judge ruled in Karem’s favor just a few days ago.
Karem reacted to Trump’s comment about Rucker and Parker’s access by tweeting to Trump, “Twice you’ve been told in court you can’t pull credentials. When will you ever learn?”