President Donald Trump declared Friday that a New York Times report that he wanted to fire special counselor Robert Mueller early last summer was “fake news.”
The Times and other news organizations reported Thursday night that Trump had sought to fire Mueller over set of perceived conflicts of interests, including a years-old dispute over membership fees that prompted Mueller to quit a Trump golf club in Virginia and the fact that he had been interviewed for the vacant job of FBI director one day before being appointed special counselor. Trump reportedly backed off his wish that Mueller be fired when White House counsel Don McGahn threatened to resign rather than carry out the president’s demand.
"Fake news. Fake news. Typical New York Times. Fake stories,” Trump said Friday as he arrived at the World Economic Forum’s conference hall in Davos, Switzerland. He did not elaborate further or refute any of the story’s specific reporting.
The president has complained often about the Times, one of the media outlets he claims most often covers him inaccurately or unfairly, along with CNN and NBC News, among others.