Trump Today: President ramps up attack on media, encourages Covington student’s $250 million lawsuit against Bezos-owned newspaper

President Donald Trump ramped up attacks on the media on Wednesday, blasting the New York Times and cheering a student who is suing the Washington Post over its reporting on his interaction with a Native American man.

‘TRUE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE’

After the Times reported on Trump’s alleged efforts to influence an investigation involving hush-money payments, the president called the newspaper “a true ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!” in a tweet. Trump said the Times’ NYT, -0.09% reporting was “false,” yet didn’t specify parts of a story he believed to be wrong.

Tuesday, Trump called it “fake news” that he asked ex-acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker to put U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman in charge of the investigation. “I don’t know who gave you that,” he said about the Times’ report. In another tweet Trump said the press had “never been more dishonest than it is today” and said that reporters “don’t even call asking for verification.”

One of the authors of the Times article, Maggie Haberman, said Wednesday on CNN that it was a lie reporters didn’t seek verification.

ENCOURAGING LAWSUIT

Trump encouraged a student from Covington Catholic High School, Nicholas Sandmann, who has filed a lawsuit against the Washington Post, tweeting, “Go get them Nick. Fake News!”

Sandmann was filmed in a confrontation in Washington in January, and his attorneys say the newspaper led a “mob of bullies which attacked, vilified & threatened” an innocent 16-year-old. The Kentucky student was with his class to take part in an anti-abortion rally when he was confronted by 64-year-old Nathan Phillips. As the New York Post reported, the video set off a social-media firestorm with some people insisting the incident was racially motivated and instigated by the high-school students.

The lawsuit seeks $250 million in damages, which is the same amount that Amazon.com AMZN, -0.63%  founder Jeff Bezos paid for the newspaper in 2013.

Separately, Trump tweeted about Bernie Sanders’ entry into the 2020 presidential race, calling the Vermont senator “Crazy Bernie,” and spoke with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe about Trump’s upcoming summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The president is also scheduled to meet Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, to discuss trade and security.

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