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Trump to Tell Federal Agencies to Cut NYT and WaPo Subscriptions – White House plans to direct government staffers to not renew orders with the newspapers, whose coverage he has disparaged as ‘fake’ – “The White House is planning to instruct federal agencies to not renew their subscriptions to the New York Times and the Washington Post, administration officials said, escalating President Trump’s attacks on the media outlets. “Not renewing subscriptions across all federal agencies will be a significant cost saving—hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars will be saved,” White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said in an email Thursday. Ms. Grisham declined to provide further details, and it wasn’t immediately clear how the White House intended to compel agencies to cancel the subscriptions or how soon the order would take effect. The White House was still working on implementing the directive as of Thursday morning, an administration official said. Spokeswomen for the Times and the Post declined to comment. The decision comes days after Mr. Trump told his staff to cancel the White House’s print subscriptions to the Post and the Times after expressing frustration with their coverage. “We don’t even want it in the White House anymore,” Mr. Trump said of the Times during an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity that aired Monday night. “We’re going to probably terminate that and the Washington Post. They’re fake.” Print editions of the Times and the Post weren’t among the newspapers delivered to the White House on Thursday, a White House official said…”

See also UK Guardian – White House to federal agencies: cancel New York Times and Washington Post subscriptions – “Government staffers instructed not to renew newspaper subscriptions after Trump complained about unfair coverage.”

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