President Trump on Saturday falsely accused the New York Times of using an unnamed source "who does not exist" in a story on negotiations between the United States and North Korea, but the official cited spoke to reporters Thursday, September 30, 2010
"The Failing @nytimes quotes" a senior White House official, 'who does not exist, as saying' even if the meeting were reinstated, holding it on June 12 would be impossible, given the lapse of time and the amount of planning needed, '"Trump tweeted Saturday morning. "WRONG AGAIN! Use real people, not phony sources. "
The senior White House official cited by the Times spoke to reporters Wednesday at the White House and on a conference call to letter them on Trump's decision earlier that day to cancel his June 12 summit in Singapore with North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un.
The Washington Post, which was in the briefing, agreed to leave the White House press officials at the time White House official. The Post also said: "The Post has been written down."
When an Associated Press reporter asked the topic through his letter to Kim, as well as at a bill-signing event earlier that day. The White House wanted to "let the president's remarks stand," the official said.
The Trumpet News Trump was accused of making the most of the time when it was called.
Administrations routinely brief reporters, on background, on a variety of issues, but it is extraordinary for a president to accuse.
Pyongyang  The senior official cast doubt on whether or not the landmark meeting is over
"There's been a lot of trouble going on in the United States and North Korea." White House, at State and with other agencies and so forth, but there's a certain amount of actual dialogue that needs to be taken at the working level with your counterparts down to actually meet and talk and hopefully make a deal, "the official said. "June 12 is in 10 minutes."
On Friday, one day after canceling the summit, Trump struck a lot more positive tone and told reporters it could not happen June 12.
In his Saturday tweet, Trump seemed to take issue with the official 's remarks were characterized. The Times wrote that the summit on June 12 would be "impossible" given the short time frame, citing the official while not directly quoting. The official did not use the word impossible.
"As with many issues involving this president, the views of his aides often have little effect on what he actually says," the Times's story reads. "On Thursday, for example, a senior White House official told reporters that even if the meeting were reinstated, holding it on June 12 would be impossible, given the time and the amount of planning needed."
The Times did
"Best way to alleviate the president's concern about anonymous sources would be to WH to name the official," David Sanger, one of the two Times reporters who wrote the story referenced by Trump, said on Twitter on Saturday.