WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump attacked the Washington Post on Twitter Wednesday, a day after the outlet published a story on a fake Time Magazine cover being hung in multiple Trump properties.
The #AmazonWashingtonPost, sometimes referred to as the guardian of Amazon not paying internet taxes (which they should) is FAKE NEWS!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 28, 2017
The Post is owned by Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon.com.
It is unclear which tax the president was referring to, as there is no “internet tax” and Amazon.com collects a sales tax from states.
If Trump is proposing a new tax on the internet, it is unlikely to find support in the Republican-held Congress.
On Tuesday, the Post published a story highlighting a fake TIME Magazine cover featuring Trump’s former television program “The Apprentice” that had been displayed in at least five of Trump’s golf clubs.
The cover, dated March 1, 2009, pictures Trump with his arms folded. The main headline says: “Donald Trump: The ‘Apprentice’ is a television smash!” Above his photo is written: “Trump is hitting on all fronts even TV!”
A spokesperson for Time Inc. confirmed to reporters that the cover is fake and said the company has asked the Trump Organization to remove all the doctored covers.
Trump — or his likeness — has been featured on the cover of Time 14 times, according to the magazine, including the Dec. 19, 2016 issue naming him Person of the Year.
Trump’s tweet Wednesday highlights the latest step in his White House’s feud with the media.
On Tuesday, Principal Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders urged Americans to watch hidden camera footage compiled by the conservative organization Project Veritas of a CNN producer discussing the network’s coverage of potential collusion between Trump and the Russian government.
The producer featured, however, covered health care and would not likely have much of an input in stories related to Russia.
CNN released a statement defending the producer and the need to respect a “diversity of opinion.”