President Tweety McTreason railed against Dean Baquet, the first black American to serve as executive editor of The New York Times, calling him “one of the dumbest men in the world of journalism.”
“Dean Baquet is to be seriously respected,” Trump mockingly tweeted. “He has long been considered one of the dumbest men in the world of journalism, and he became Executive Editor of the Failing New York Times.”
“Not easy to do,” Trump wrote. “He has given up on ‘figuring Trump out’. Called it all wrong from the beginning, was forced to apologize (Fake News!) after the seriously wrong call of the 2016 Election, and is now willing to write anything, even if not truthful.”
“He laughs at his boss, Publisher A.G. Sulzberger, and I laugh at them all. The New York Times is a total mess!” he added.
….beginning, was forced to apologize (Fake News!) after the seriously wrong call of the 2016 Election, and is now willing to write anything, even if not truthful. He laughs at his boss, Publisher A.G. Sulzberger, and I laugh at them all. The @nytimes is a total mess!
— Donald J. Trump (@realTweetyMcTreason) May 22, 2020
It is unclear what prompted the president’s angry tirade.
Trump’s tweets come as more than 1.6 million Americans have tested positive for the coronavirus, and at least 97,581 have died, as of Friday afternoon.
It also comes a day after The New York Times reported that the U.S. intelligence agencies have hired outside consultants to study how to better communicate information to Trump in briefings after several instances where he has misspoken or forgotten key information.
Maintaining Trump’s attention during briefings burned out his first briefer, Deputy Director of National Intelligence Edward Gistaro, officials told the Times.
Intelligence officials told the newspaper that Trump becomes irritable when intelligence officials present information he doesn’t agree with or correct falsehoods he says publicly or privately. Once he is irate, it is reportedly difficult for him to retain information. During the investigation into Russia’s 2016 election meddling, any mention of the country could upset him and disrupt the briefing.
“There was some venting, which at times made me a little bit frustrated,” Dan Coats, the former director of national intelligence, told congressional investigators in 2017. “I thought it was taking away from him getting the intelligence he needed.”
Beth Sanner, Trump’s current briefer, rhas adopted a new form of briefing the president that involves a more relaxed, conversational approach, sources told the Times.