Despite his now frequent attacks on The Washington Post and its staff, President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew EPA rule would expand Trump officials' powers to reject FOIA requests Democratic senator introduces bill to ban gun silencers Democrats: Ex-Commerce aide said Ross asked him to examine adding census citizenship question MORE once said he was a "fan" of the paper and its owner, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

A resurfaced 2013 interview with ABC News is making the rounds on social media, where Trump is seen praising the Post and Bezos’ purchase of the paper.

"I'm a fan of The Washington Post," Trump told ABC’s Jonathan Karl.


"I think it's great move for him. I think it's great for the Washington Post. … And I have to tell you, I think that Jeff really is an amazing guy," he continued. "I think he's going to bring it to that next plateau. I think he'll do great. I think it's a great thing for The Washington Post." 

Trump's rhetoric toward Bezos and the paper has taken a sharp turn since he took office. The president has dubbed the paper "The Amazon Washington Post" on numerous occasions and frequently criticizes the Post as one of the worst offenders of the "fake news" media.

“In my opinion the Washington Post is nothing more than an expensive (the paper loses a fortune) lobbyist for Amazon. Is it used as protection against antitrust claims which many feel should be brought?” the president tweeted in July. 

Axios reported in January that The Washington Post has been profitable for two consecutive years.