WASHINGTON – President Trump falsely accused the New York Times on Saturday of finding a source in an article on North Korea, even though the source was actually a high-ranking White House official speaking to a large group of White House reporters
The President referred to an article on the recurrent summit meeting between Trump and Kim Jong-un, leader of North Korea, which Mr. Trump had canceled Thursday  The article with the headline "Trump says that the North Korea summit can be postponed, "said the United States" again in contact with North Korea "and that the meeting could still take place.
Mr. Trump posted on Twitter to denounce a portion of the article that reported in the 10th paragraph that "a senior White House official told reporters that even if the meeting resumed, it would June 12 would be impossible to be given the lack of time and the amount of planning needed. "
In a tweet, the President denied this verdict with the sentence:" WRONG AGAIN! Use real people, not false sources.
It is not clear whether the President was simply unaware of the actions of his own senior staff or whether he was knowingly ignoring the truth. The source of this sentence was a White House official who briefed the White House briefing room on Thursday afternoon in which some 50 reporters with about 200 or more participants attended a conference call.
Reporters often ask for such briefings to be on the record so that the official can be named. But in this case, the rules of the briefing imposed by the White House demanded that the official be referred to only as an "elderly White House official." The time is left to abide by this agreement. In the briefing, the official was asked about the possibility that the summit could be held on June 12, despite the decision the President to cancel her the day before. The discussion was inspired by earlier statements by the President, who pointed out that the meeting could still take place.
The official remarked that "there really is not much time – we lost a lot of time we would need" for the summit
"June 12 is in 10 minutes," said the official.
On Friday, White House officials tried to show that it was still possible to hold the meeting. Mr. Trump himself said Friday morning that he was hopeful that there could still be a meeting with the North Koreans on June 12th.
"You really want to do it," the president told reporters. We'd like to see what happens. "
A record of the key part of the Thursday meeting discussing the summit timing issues appeared on Twitter after Mr. Trump's tweet on Saturday. At the end of the briefing, the reporters asked the officials to comment on the protocol, but the official said that both Mr. Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had spoken publicly and that their comments could stand in for themselves
. Trump's attack on the Times was just the last of many of the president's efforts to discredit the news organizations' coverage by questioning the validity of their sources.
On May 4, he attacked NBC News and said in a tweet ] "They cite" sources "that are constantly wrong." The problem, like so many others, is that the sources probably are not exist, they are invented, fiction! "On April 21, he attacked the Times for an article on Michael D. Cohen, the president's personal lawyer, saying that the newspaper" non-existent "sources and used a drunken / drugged loser who hates Michael. "
Last July, he attacked the entire news media and said," With all the wrong news in our country BAD DEMOCRACY! "
News organizations have repeatedly refuted Mr. Trump's allegations and found that their coverage often requires the use of sources that want to remain anonymous