NYT Backs Up Reporter After Trump Fires Up Tweetstorm

President tweets, deletes, then retweets attack on Maggie Haberman after Michael Cohen story
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 21, 2018 8:30 AM CDT
In this April 13, 2018, file photo, President Trump speaks at the White House in Washington.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

(Newser) – Maggie Haberman has gotten under President Trump's skin again. The New York Times reporter filed a story on Friday detailing Trump's relationship with longtime lawyer Michael Cohen—one in which Trump is said to treat Cohen "like garbage," per Trump associate Roger Stone. That article apparently spurred a tweetstorm from Trump Saturday morning in which he defended Cohen, attacked Haberman (with whom he has a long history, per Mediaite), and made some other claims about how people react under duress from the US government. "The New York Times and a third rate reporter named Maggie Habberman, known as a Crooked H flunkie who I don't speak to and have nothing to do with, are going out of their way to destroy Michael Cohen and his relationship with me in the hope that he will 'flip,'" began Trump's words on the matter.

He continued: "They use … non-existent 'sources' and a drunk/drugged up loser who hates Michael, a fine person with a wonderful family. Michael is a businessman for his own account/lawyer who I have always liked & respected." And finally: "Most people will flip if the Government lets them out of trouble, even if … it means lying or making up stories. Sorry, I don't see Michael doing that despite the horrible Witch Hunt and the dishonest media!" Haberman responded with a tweet that linked back to her story and took a jab at Trump's misspelling of her name. "One B, sir (or Dan?). Here's the story that seems to have touched a nerve," she tweeted. (Trump deleted the tweets, then reposted them with the spelling corrected.) The Times issued its own tweet: "We are extremely proud of @maggieNYT, who is a part of a team that just won a Pulitzer Prize. We stand by our story and our reporting." (Read more President Trump stories.)

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