White House to cancel two newspaper subscriptions


WASHINGTON – The White House said Tuesday it will not renew subscriptions to The New York Times and The Washington Post, Anadolu Agency reported, quoting the White House press secretary.

“We have no plans to renew them,” White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham told US news website The Hill, a day after President Donald Trump (picture) suggested ending the subscriptions to the newspapers.

The decision comes a day after Trump called The New York Times a “fake newspaper” during an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity broadcast Monday night.

“We don’t even want it in the White House anymore. We’re going to probably terminate that and The Washington Post,” Trump said.

His remarks raised questions about whether the White House was planning to expel the newspapers’ reporters.

Trump has repeatedly assailed the Times in particular over its coverage.

In a February tweet, the US president claimed the newspaper’s reporting was “false” and accused it of being “a true ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!”

In an Oval Office interview with the Times the same month, Trump claimed everybody thought the newspaper treated him badly.

“Washington Post also, but The New York Times even more so treats me unbelievably terribly,” he said.