President Trump took to TwitterÂ to slamÂ The Washington Post in aÂ series of tweets late Monday night, accusing the newspaperÂ of “fabricating” facts about a report last week detailing hisÂ decision to cut off U.S. aid to anti-government rebels in Syria.
“The Amazon Washington Post fabricated the facts on my ending massive, dangerous, and wasteful payments to Syrian rebels fighting Assad…..,” Trump tweetedÂ . “So many stories about me in the @washingtonpost are Fake News. They are as bad as ratings challenged @CNN. Lobbyist for Amazon and taxes?”
According to theÂ Post, Trump decided to end a covert CIA program âÂ approved by President Obama â to train moderate rebels to fight Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regimeÂ after meeting with CIA Director Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster before the G-20Â summit in Germany earlier this month.
The report was met withÂ consternation by lawmakers,Â withÂ SenatorsÂ Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and John McCain, R-Ariz., criticizingÂ Trump’s decision and its ultimate motive.
“If these reports are true, the administration is playing right into the hands of Vladimir Putin,” McCain said last week, referring to the Russian leader. “Making any concession to Russia, absent a broader strategy for Syria, is irresponsible and short-sighted.”
TrumpÂ also accused the PostÂ â which is owned by Amazon founder Jeff BezosÂ âÂ as beingÂ “a lobbyist weapon”…