Hours later, the Times responded directly to the president’s tweet.
In his statement posted later in the day, Sulzberger referenced his July meeting with the president, at which he warned Trump that his frequent, derogatory characterizations of the media “will lead to violence.”
“The phrase ‘enemy of the people’ is not just false, it’s dangerous. It has an ugly history of being wielded by dictators and tyrants who sought to control public information. And it is particularly reckless coming from someone whose office gives him broad powers to fight or imprison the nation’s enemies. As I have repeatedly told President Trump face to face, there are mounting signs that this incendiary rhetoric is encouraging threats and violence against journalists at home and abroad.”
After he met with Sulzberger in July, Trump seemed sympathetic to Sulzberger’s points.
But Trump quickly returned to form, unleashing a string of tweets that raged against perceived media bias against his administration. The president accused “the failing New York Times and the Amazon Washington Post” of writing “bad stories even on very positive achievements.”
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