President-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter Wednesday to deny news reports that he is trying to get security clearances for his children and son-in-law, and he later continued his attacks against The New York Times.
I am not trying to get "top level security clearance" for my children. This was a typically false news story.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 16, 2016
President-elect Trump also criticized the Times over its coverage of his transition:
The failing @nytimes story is so totally wrong on transition. It is going so smoothly. Also, I have spoken to many foreign leaders.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 16, 2016
I have recieved and taken calls from many foreign leaders despite what the failing @nytimes said. Russia, U.K., China, Saudi Arabia, Japan,— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 16, 2016
Australia, New Zealand, and more. I am always available to them. @nytimes is just upset that they looked like fools in their coverage of me.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 16, 2016
Trump has previously threatened to “open up our libel laws” to make it easier to sue news organizations.
The comments about the press reports come after Trump broke protocol again when he went out to dinner without the press corps. He had broken a long-standing practice last week in refusing to allow a group of journalists to travel with him when he met with President Barack Obama at the White House.
The president-elect also engaged in a Twitter war with The New York Times on Sunday, and blamed the media last week for inciting “professional protesters” as tensions continued to flare across the country after he won the Electoral College.
Just had a very open and successful presidential election. Now professional protesters, incited by the media, are protesting. Very unfair!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 11, 2016
His former campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, told the “Today” show Tuesday she was “not intimately aware” that such a move was underway.
Reports emerged late Monday that Trump’s transition team was looking into security clearances for his three older children, Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump, and Ivanka Trump, as well as his son-in-law, Jared Kushner.
He and his surrogates have said the children would be in charge of running his businesses while he was president.Nicole Hernandez can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @NRHSJax.