May 16, 2019 - World

Trump labels NYT, WaPo reports on Iran as "Fake News"

President Trump addressed two stories on Iran — one from the New York Times, which said his administration was considering military action, and one from the Washington Post, which said he was not convinced of an attack by his advisers — in a pair of Thursday tweets.

"The Fake News Washington Post, and even more Fake News New York Times, are writing stories that there is infighting with respect to my strong policy in the Middle East. There is no infighting whatsoever. Different opinions are expressed and I make a decisive and final decision - it is a very simple process. All sides, views, and policies are covered. I’m sure that Iran will want to talk soon."

Context: Trump's statement that "Iran will want to talk soon" actually fits the thrust of the Post's report, which said the president "prefers a diplomatic approach to resolving tensions and wants to speak directly with Iran’s leaders."

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