President Donald Trump has been the target of regular attacks by the media since he first announced his candidacy in 2015, and he hasn’t been afraid to call out what he sees as “fake news.” Now, the White House is taking that a step further.
According to The Hill, a White House spokesperson has confirmed that the Trump administration is “building up” what it calls a “large ‘dossier'” that breaks down allegedly false claims about President Trump made by The Washington Post‘s David Fahrenthold and other reporters.
“It must stop”
White House Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere revealed the news in a statement to Fahrenthold and others at the Post on Thursday.
“The Washington Post is blatantly interfering with the business relationships of the Trump Organization, and it must stop,” he wrote, according to The Hill.
Deere went on: “Please be advised that we are building up a very large ‘dossier’ on the many false David Fahrenthold and others stories as they are a disgrace to journalism and the American people.”
According to The Hill, the White House didn’t respond to request for further comment.
The Washingtonian reported that The Washington Post said “it doesn’t have any comment.”
“The respect we have”
Responding to reporting from the Post, the president’s son, Eric, who serves as executive vice president of the Trump Organization, denied that the real estate business had been engaged in any wrongdoing, The Hill reported.
“Over the past three and a half years, we have gone to tremendous lengths to avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest, not due to any legal requirement, but because of the respect we have towards the office of the Presidency,” Eric Trump insisted.
Eric Trump also stressed that the company has donated all profits that it earns from doing business with foreign governments to charity, and will continue doing so for as long as his father remains in the White House, according to The Hill.
In his most recent piece, Farenthold wrote Thursday about an alleged $570,000 that the Trump Organization has billed taxpayers since 2017, The Hill reported. Among Farenthold’s allegations are that Secret Service agents were charged “resort fees” and that during a visit to Trump’s golf resort in Scotland, a $1,300 furniture moving fee was applied.
It remains to be seen when — and if — the White House’s dossier will be released to the public.