Trump congratulates New York Times's new publisher

Trump congratulates New York Times's new publisher
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpGingrich: Trump ‘mishandled’ Rosenstein memo on Comey Trump to gift Macron framed upholstery: report Former presidents, first ladies come together to honor Barbara Bush MORE on Tuesday offered his congratulations to the new publisher of The New York Times, A.G. Sulzberger, saying it is the publication's last chance to fulfill its founder's vision.

"The Failing New York Times has a new publisher, A.G. Sulzberger. Congratulations! Here is a last chance for the Times to fulfill the vision of its Founder, Adolph Ochs, 'to give the news impartially, without fear or FAVOR, regardless of party, sect, or interests involved,' " the president said in a tweet.

"Get impartial journalists of a much higher standard, lose all of your phony and non-existent 'sources,' and treat the President of the United States FAIRLY, so that the next time I (and the people) win, you won’t have to write an apology to your readers for a job poorly done! GL," he continued." 

 

The tweets come after Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr. stepped down from the publisher position in December, handing the role off to his son. 

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The younger Sulzberger published a note in the newspaper on Monday, citing his great-great-grandfather Adolph Ochs's mission for the paper, which was “to give the news impartially, without fear or favor, regardless of party, sect, or interests involved.”

"This mission feels particularly urgent to me today as I begin my work as publisher of The New York Times. Our society is again being reshaped by political, technological and environmental forces that demand deep scrutiny and careful explanation," Sulzberger wrote. 

"More than 120 years after Adolph Ochs’s vision was printed in these pages, the need for independent, courageous, trustworthy journalism is as great as it’s ever been."

The publication has experienced major financial gains over the past two years. 

The New York Times announced last month it had 3.5 million paid subscriptions, in addition to 130 million monthly readers, which was double their readership from the third fiscal quarter in 2015. 

The president has included the newspaper in his frequent attacks on the media, often branding his hometown paper as "the failing New York Times."

However, the president has given some of his most revealing interviews to the paper during his presidency.

The president told the publication last week that he believed that special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE would treat him fairly in his investigation into Russia's election meddling.

Trump also continued to deny collusion between his campaign and the Kremlin in the interview but said if collusion did take place, it would not be considered illegal.