Donald Trump Rep Fires Back at BuzzFeed: ‘Dishonest Article’ Written by ‘Politically Irrelevant Website’

Donald Trump Rep Fires Back at BuzzFeed: 'Dishonest Article' Written by 'Politically Irrelevant Website'

A spokesperson for the mogul has responded to BuzzFeed's 6,000 word profile, calling it “a totally dishonest and unfair article, written by a politically irrelevant website.”

Donald Trump's rep hit back at a critical profile written by BuzzFeed's McKay Coppins on Thursday that described the mogul as trapped in “the bubble of luxury and loyalty” and a “showman” who was obsessed with media coverage of his political ambitions.

“It is a totally dishonest and unfair article, written by a politically irrelevant website,” Trump's EVP and Special Counsel Michael Cohen told TheWrap. “From the moment the reporter entered the vehicle to the time he left Mar-a-Lago, his only goal was to write a negative piece.”

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“Mr. Trump is totally unfazed by this article,” Cohen added. ”Most people in his situation would have just said thank you to Mr. Trump for his graciousness and hospitality.”

In the article, Coppins describes an adventurous 36 hours, where the reporter accompanied Trump on a tour of his ritzy Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida. With help from one of Trump's political consultants, Sam Nunberg, BuzzFeed was given exclusive access and Coppins acknowledges his host treated him “like royalty” for the interview. Trump let Coppins ride in his plane, tag along in his golf cart, and even relax poolside at his mansion for the story.

Despite Trump's generosity, Coppins strikes a very skeptical tone in the piece, dishing dirt on Trump's trusted confidants as well as his favorite and least favorite journalists.

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Nunberg had originally thought the article as pitched to him would be an “opening” for BuzzFeed and Trump's relationship, who previously had icy relations. “This has closed the door,” Nunberg said.

He also disputed Coppins's reporting on a Trump speech at a New Hampshire “Politics & Eggs” event where he claims the audience was allegedly bored. “The New Hampshire account is completely inaccurate,” Nunberg said.

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TheWrap asked BuzzFeed's Coppins to describe how he landed the interview and special access to Trump.

“I pitched one of Trump's aides in December on getting access for a BuzzFeed profile, and they were eager to make it happen,” Coppins explained. “As I mention in the piece, Trump is apparently pretty forward-thinking in his view of the media landscape. (“It used to be the New York Times, now it's BuzzFeed.”)”

“It was a fluke that we ended up in Palm Beach, but I was happy to take advantage,” he adds. “I haven't heard what he thinks of the final product yet, but I'm eagerly awaiting his thoughts via tweet — or maybe a handwritten note.”

  • Jeff Harris

    Apparently Mr. Trump or personal aide doesn't know the definition of “unfazed.” The fact they had to make any kind of statement proves the opposite is true.

  • fritzo2162

    I love that the statement says “It is a totally dishonest and unfair article, written by a politically irrelevant website” …but Trump is quoted in the article saying “It used to be the New York Times, now it’s BuzzFeed.”

    In other words- media is only valid if it thinks you're great.

  • Jimmy

    If BuzzFeed is so irrelevant then why comment?

  • Dolores V. Sisco

    Trump is so obviously in need of attention no matter where it comes from. Something must have gone wrong with his potty-training.

  • Dave Pavement

    ha ha ha ha zzzt…beep

  • Damien W

    ”Most people in his situation would have just said thank you to Mr. Trump for his graciousness and hospitality.” Translation: “In exchange for a nice meal in a posh location, we expect journalists to become our cheerleaders for life.”

    The only entertainment value Trump holds is his steadfast ability to be his own worst enemy. He is an irony-free parody of himself. He's an oxymoron.

  • KarenSez

    Stop giving this hoax publicity, you hacks. Geez.

  • xian

    Trump is totally unfazed and has instructed me to say he is not mad at how stupid he was made to look so easily and BuzzFeed is a lame outlet no one has ever heard of and he gave them an exclusive for no reason and also he really is a billionaire and hasn't gone bankrupt repeatedly.

  • Caley McGuire

    Trump has turned into a boorish rodeo clown who belittles everyone who dares to criticize him. The man truly believes he should be treated like royalty.

  • Will

    If BuzzFeed is so irrelevant, then why did Mr. Tacky give its journalist access, spent so much time with him and even flew him to Palm Beach? You can't have it both ways, you ridiculous orange clown.

  • neillevine

    Who will fix the Prospect Park, Brooklyn ice skating rink?

  • Simone

    trump is an attention WHORE. period. if you're ‘unfazed’ by something you ignore it! I use to like trump and support all his ventures from casinos, books, ms america & universe, water, NY hotels even his TV show – TODAY i do NOTHING with TRUMP attached. he's proved to be nothing but a loud mouth moron. very disappointing.

  • O. Locke


    that's the punchline! I know you're laughing!