PALM BEACH, Fla. – President Trump vowed on Saturday that his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, will not "flip" and cooperate against him when he attacked the New York Times story of a "witch hunt" against him.
In a series of morning tweets, Trump also beat The Times over his coverage of the investigation. He posted the main reporter a new story, Maggie Haberman, and named a former mate cited in history as a "drunken / drugged loser"
The tweets were released around the time Trump from Mar-a-Lago, his winter resort, where he has spent the whole week for one Trip to a nearby Trump Golf Estate. It was the second day in a row the President spent on one of his own courses in South Florida.
Trump seemed annoyed on Saturday in a Times-Times story in which he examined his relationship with Cohen, whose bureau was attacked by federal authorities last week. The story quoted other former Trump campaign helpers, including Sam Nunberg and Roger Stone, who said Trump had treated Cohen long ago by insulting him and threatening to fire him.
The story suggested Cohen, who said he had paid the adult movie Star Stormy Daniels before the 2016 election, to keep her story of an affair with Trump a secret years ago, might decide to cooperate in investigations if he was criminal is pursued.
In a first version of his Tweetsturm Trump wrote Haberman's surname wrong. He claimed that he did not speak to her, although he had given her several interviews since taking office and posed with her for a photo in the Oval Office. Trump has known Haberman for years, ever since he was a private developer in New York. The Times' Communications Department wrote on Twitter that the newspaper is "extremely proud" of Haberman and that it holds to the story.
A New York Times photographer, Tom Brenner, was on Saturday morning part of the press pool for Trump, a photo posted on Twitter that seems to be looking at the president's phone.