Jan 28, 2017–After nationwide protests in response to his travel ban, President Donald Trump both defended his executive order and attacked the New York Times when he took to Twitter Sunday.
“Our country needs strong borders and extreme vetting, NOW,” he tweeted. “Look what is happening all over Europe and, indeed, the world–a horrible mess!”
He added that “Christians in the Middle-East have been executed in large numbers” and “we cannot allow this horror to continue!”
Trump’s travel ban barring citizens of 7 predominantly Muslim nations entry into the U.S. sparked outcry and protests at the country’s airports Saturday night and early Sunday morning.
The Times, an on-and-off target of Trump’s in his crusade against the “dishonest media,” published an op-ed on Saturday titled, “Trump’s Muslim Ban is Cowardly and Dangerous.” The editorial stated Trump’s immigration ban “lacks any logic” and blasted the order’s language as “un-American.”
“The order’s language makes clear that the xenophobia and Islamophobia that permeated Mr. Trump’s campaign are to stain his presidency as well,” read the piece.
On Sunday, the newspaper ran a front-page piece, “Up Is Down’: Unreality Show Echoes a History of False Claims,” which fact-checked Trump’s “falsehoods.”
Trump first took to Twitter to respond to the paper on Saturday, saying the Times has been “wrong” about him from the beginning and calling them “fake news.”
He also took issue with The Washington Post. “Thr [sic] coverage about me in the @nytimes and the @washingtonpost gas [sic] been so false and angry that the times actually apologized to its……..dwindling subscribers and readers. They got me wrong right from the beginning and still have not changed course, and never will. DISHONEST,” he tweeted in back-to-back posts.
The paper responded directly to Trump’s tweets by issuing a fact check about Times‘ subscribers being at “all-time highs.”
The paper also tagged Trump in a tweet explaining how to subscribe to the Times, the post now pinned to the top of its Twitter feed.
On Sunday, Trump again tweeted that “Somebody with aptitude and conviction should buy the FAKE NEWS and failing @nytimes and either run it correctly or let it fold with dignity!”