Again we see the glaring Trump hypocrisy. After months of calling credible news sources fake news and criticising the media use of anonymous sources Trump tweets a Fox “News” story that, well, uses an anonymous source. It just so happens the Fox “News” report was a pushback against report Jared Kushner attempted to establish backdoor communication links with the Russians.
THE HILL – President Trump on Tuesday retweeted a Fox News report citing an anonymous source that pushes back on another report that White House aide Jared Kushner tried to establish back channel communications with Moscow.
Trump’s retweet comes just days after the president blasted the use of anonymous sources in news reports.
The Fox News report Trump shared is titled “Jared Kushner didn’t suggest Russian communications channel in meeting, source says.” It pushes back on a Washington Post story last week that said Kushner in December sought to establish a backchannel line of communication between the Trump transition team and Moscow during a meeting with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
The Fox News item says Kushner spoke with Kislyak about Syria during the December meeting. It added that during that meeting, the Russians “broached the idea of using a secure line between the Trump administration and Russia, not Kushner.”
It cites a source familiar with the matter and says the idea of a permanent back channel was not talked about.
Trump on Sunday, though, went after leaking of information and warned people not to trust stories that include the words “sources say.”
“Whenever you see the words ‘sources say’ in the fake news media, and they don’t mention names…it is very possible that those sources don’t exist but are made up by fake news writers. #FakeNews is the enemy!” Trump tweeted.
Trump and his aides often rail on the media and the use of anonymous sources, calling news outlets and negative stories “fake news.”
Just another example of the Trump hypocrisy. Apparently only news outlets that fail to kiss up to the BLOTUS are fake and only anonymous sources that support the BLOTUS are credible.
We are in for a very long slog I’m afraid.