There won’t be any more New York Times or Washington Post deliveries to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Politico reports.
White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham told Politico on Tuesday that the White House “won’t be renewing” its subscriptions, a dat after President Trump criticized the papers on Fox News. He told Sean Hannity that the Post is a “fake deal” and the Times is a “fake newspaper.”
“We don’t even want it in the White House anymore,” he added. “We’re going to probably terminate that and The Washington Post. They’re fake.”
The president’s negative view of both papers is well-documented. In September, he kicked off Labor Day morning by attacking the “LameStream media” in a series of tweets, singling out the Washington Post and saying the paper “brought racist attacks against our Nation.” Later that month — and many times before — he went after the Times by name as well.
Trump’s relationship with the media at large is pretty contentious, of course. Sure, he made his comments regarding newspaper cancelation on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show, but he’s also been attacking that network, too. He lashed out at Fox News as recently as October 10, when a poll from the network showed 51% of respondents favored his impeachment and removal. He tweeted at the time that he didn’t know Fox News’ pollster, but they “suck.”
Tuesday, the Post’s Paul Farhi wrote on Twitter in response to the news, “Two reactions: 1. Thanks for subscribing in the first place; and 2. He’s just getting around to cancelling now?”