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Donald Trump revokes Washington Post's press credentials

Posted at 4:14 PM, Jun 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-13 19:11:22-04

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Donald Trump says he will revoke press credentials for the Washington Post over a story he says is "dishonest."

The story in question was published by Post reporter Jenna Johnson Monday afternoon with the title "Donald Trump seems to connect President Obama to Orlando shooting."

Johnson quoted Trump's statements about the president from an interview with Fox News on Monday about the shooting.

"Look, we're led by a man that either is not tough, not smart, or he's got something else in mind," Trump is quoted as saying. "And the something else in mind — you know, people can't believe it. People cannot, they cannot believe that President Obama is acting the way he acts and can't even mention the words 'radical Islamic terrorism.' There's something going on. It's inconceivable. There's something going on."

On Monday afternoon, Trump posted on his official Facebook page that he was revoking the Washington Post's press credentials over their "dishonest" coverage.

Washington Post executive editor responded to Trump in a statement on Monday evening, saying revoking the paper's credentials was "nothing less than a repudiation of the role of a free and independent press."



The paper isn't the first to face the presumptive Republican presidential nominee's wrath. His campaign has prevented reporters from the National Review, Univision, Fusion and the Huffington Post from covering campaign events, according to Mother Jones.

Trump also famously denied press credentials prior to the Iowa caucuses to The Des Moines Register, the largest newspaper in Iowa, over an editorial the paper published calling on him to quit the race.

The New York real estate mogul has made attacking the news media a centerpiece of his campaign. He regularly rails against reporters at campaign stops, calling journalists "the most dishonest people in America."

Trump faced backlash of his own Monday over tweets about the Orlando terrorist attack in which he took credit for "being right" about terrorism.

"Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism, I don't want congrats, I want toughness & vigilance. We must be smart!" Trump wrote.

Trump also called on President Barack Obama to resign if he doesn't say "radical Islamic terrorism."