President Trump took to Twitter to slam The Washington Post in a series of tweets late Monday night, accusing the newspaper of “fabricating” facts about a report last week detailing his decision to cut off U.S. aid to anti-government rebels in Syria.
“The Amazon Washington Post fabricated the facts on my ending massive, dangerous, and wasteful payments to Syrian rebels fighting Assad…..,” Trump tweeted . “So many stories about me in the @washingtonpost are Fake News. They are as bad as ratings challenged @CNN. Lobbyist for Amazon and taxes?”
According to the Post, Trump decided to end a covert CIA program — approved by President Obama — to train moderate rebels to fight Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime after meeting with CIA Director Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster before the G-20 summit in Germany earlier this month.
The report was met with consternation by lawmakers, with Senators Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and John McCain, R-Ariz., criticizing Trump’s decision and its ultimate motive.
“If these reports are true, the administration is playing right into the hands of Vladimir Putin,” McCain said last week, referring to the Russian leader. “Making any concession to Russia, absent a broader strategy for Syria, is irresponsible and short-sighted.”
Trump also accused the Post — which is owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos — as being “a lobbyist weapon” against politicians.
“Is Fake News Washington Post being used as a lobbyist weapon against Congress to keep Politicians from looking into Amazon no-tax monopoly?” he said on Twitter.
This isn’t the first time Trump has launched a scathing attack on Bezos or the Post. Just last year, then-presidential candidate Trump said: “This is owned as a toy by Jeff Bezos who controls Amazon. Amazon is getting away with murder tax-wise. He’s using the Washington Post for power so that the politicians in Washington don’t tax Amazon like they should be taxed.”
Contributing: Melanie Eversley and Jessica Estapa