Trump says Washington Post, NY Times should have Pulitzers taken away for Mueller probe coverage

President TrumpDonald John TrumpSarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor The US-Iranian scuffle over a ship is a sideshow to events in the Gulf South Korea: US, North Korea to resume nuclear talks 'soon' MORE on Friday evening renewed his criticism of The Washington Post and The New York Times, saying the outlets should have their Pulitzer Prize revoked for their coverage of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerMueller report fades from political conversation Trump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony MORE's probe into his campaign and Russian election interference.

"So funny that The New York Times & The Washington Post got a Pulitzer Prize for their coverage (100% NEGATIVE and FAKE!) of Collusion with Russia - And there was No Collusion!" Trump tweeted. "So, they were either duped or corrupt? In any event, their prizes should be taken away by the Committee!"

The two outlets won a joint 2018 Pulitzer Prize in National Reporting last year for their coverage of Mueller's expansive probe, which formally concluded last week.


The reporting that earned the award started with the outlets' coverage of allegations that former national security adviser Michael Flynn inappropriately discussed sanctions with Russia before Trump took office and included coverage of former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeySarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor 3 real problems Republicans need to address to win in 2020 Barr predicts progressive prosecutors will lead to 'more crime, more victims' MORE's firing in 2017 and the 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Trump campaign officials and a Russian official promising dirt on then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPoll shows Biden, Warren tied with Trump in Arizona The Hill's Morning Report - Trump touts new immigration policy, backtracks on tax cuts Hickenlooper announces Senate bid MORE.

The president and other conservatives have repeatedly criticized the outlets' reporting in the past but have ramped up attacks in recent days after a summary of Mueller's final report did not find sufficient evidence to prove coordination between Trump and Russia.

Earlier this week, conservatives told The Hill that reporters should be held accountable for their constant reporting on the issue. Others, however, have stood by the media's reporting, with Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein praising it as “one of the great reporting jobs in history."