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Trump accuses 'Washington Post' of 'fabricating' facts from its US-Syria report – USA TODAY

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.

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“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.”

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Contributing: Melanie Eversley and Jessica Estapa

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