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Trump Orders Agencies to Drop Subscriptions to Times, Post

Though the president reads both, deliveries to White House have stopped
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 24, 2019 5:04 PM CDT
The New York Times was not delivered to the White House on Thursday, an official said. This front page ran in August.   (The New York Times via AP)

(Newser) – After deciding to cancel White House subscriptions to the New York Times and Washington Post, frequent targets of President Trump, the administration plans to tell US agencies to do the same. "Not renewing subscriptions across all federal agencies will be a significant cost saving—hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars will be saved," White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said in an email Thursday, the Wall Street Journal reports. Trump officials did not say how they'd enforce the order to agencies. In an interview with Sean Hannity that aired Monday night on Fox, Trump referred to the Times as "a fake newspaper," per the Hill, and said, "We don’t even want it in the White House anymore." Trump added that he'd probably cancel both papers. The next day, Grisham said, "We have no plans to renew them." The newspapers declined to comment.

While Trump regularly attacks the news media in general over its coverage of him, he singles out the Post and Times often. In June, he called a Times article a "virtual act of treason," which the publisher wrote "crosses a dangerous line in the president’s campaign against a free and independent press." The Post publisher wrote this month that the president's attacks on truth in news coverage are "corrosive to our democracy." An official said the papers were not delivered to the White House on Thursday. Despite his accusations, the president reads both papers, and aides said they expect that to continue. (The Post's Fact Checker created a special category for the president.)

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