Trump: "I Think The Washington Post Is A Russian Asset"

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President Trump quipped that "The Washington Post" might be a "Russian asset" when asked by reporters Tuesday about a Dana Milbank op-ed declaring that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is the "Russian asset."

Milbank wrote last week in a column titled "Mitch McConnell Is A Russian Asset" that this is not "a flip accusation," stating that "each time we try to raise our defenses to repel the [Russian election attacks], McConnell, the Senate majority leader, blocks us from defending ourselves."





When asked about the column by reporters on the White House lawn Tuesday, the president replied: "The Washington Post called Mitch McConnell what?"

"I think the Washington Post is a Russian asset, by comparison. Mitch McConnell loves our country. He’s done a great job," Trump said. "Mitch McConnell is a man that knows less about Russia and Russian influence than even Donald Trump."

The Washington Post "is really just a paper for the benefit of Amazon," Trump added. "The Washington Post is fake news, just like the New York Times is fake news. It's put there for the benefit, the Washington Post, of Amazon. That's my opinion, and I think it's a disgrace. And if they actually said that--I didn't read it. If they actually said that, that Mitch McConnell is an asset of Russia, they ought to be ashamed of themselves and they ought to apologize."

Transcript:

QUESTION: (INAUDIBLE) calling Mitch McConnell a Russian asset?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: The Washington Post called Mitch McConnell what?

QUESTION: A Russian asset.

TRUMP: I think the Washington Post is a Russian asset by comparison. Mitch McConnell loves our country. He's done a great job. We're trying to pass an infrastructure bill. It's being written up right now as we speak for our highways and our roadways.

Mitch McConnell has got more judges than probably any--I mean, in all fairness, with my help. But as a combination, we've got up--we're going to be up very soon to 179 federal judges. Nobody's ever seen anything like that. And other than George Washington, we'll end up having the highest percentage of judges put on the court, and it's going to be a legacy

Mitch McConnell is a man that knows less about Russia and Russian influence than even Donald Trump, and I know nothing. So, I think it's a horrible thing when a paper--which is really just a paper for the benefit of Amazon. The Washington Post is fake news, just like the New York Times is fake news. It's put there for the benefit, the Washington Post, of Amazon. That's my opinion, and I think it's a disgrace.

And if they actually said that--I didn't read it. If they actually said that, that Mitch McConnell is an asset of Russia, they ought to be ashamed of themselves and they ought to apologize.

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