President Trump lashed out at The New York Times in an interview with Breitbart News on Monday, saying that he can handle rough treatment from the media but that the nation’s largest newspaper is out to sink him at any cost.
“It’s intent. It’s also intent. If you read The New York Times, if you read The New York Times, it’s — the intent is so evil and so bad,” Trump told Breitbart’s Washington political editor, Matthew Boyle, in a sit-down interview in the Oval Office. “The stories are wrong in many cases, but it’s the overall intent.”
Trump pointed to a New York Times story from last May in which the paper — after interviewing some 50 women — reported that Trump had made unwelcome sexual advances or sought to shame them by critiquing their appearances.
The story, which broke long before Trump’s off-camera remarks about grabbing women without their permission, was the subject of intense backlash after several of the women came out and said their comments had been distorted or made up to smear Trump.
“They did a front page article on women talking about me, and the women went absolutely wild because they said that was not what they said,” Trump said. “It was a big front-page article, and the Times wouldn’t even apologize and yet they were wrong. You probably saw the women. They went on television shows and everything.”
“It was false. Did they apologize? No,” Trump continued. “I call them the failing New York Times and they write lies. They write lies.”