Trump says Washington Post staffers should strike: 'We would get rid of Fake News for an extended period of time'

Trump says Washington Post staffers should strike: 'We would get rid of Fake News for an extended period of time'
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff urges GOP colleagues to share private concerns about Trump publicly US-China trade talks draw criticism for lack of women in pictures Overnight Defense: Trump to leave 200 troops in Syria | Trump, Kim plan one-on-one meeting | Pentagon asks DHS to justify moving funds for border wall MORE on Sunday encouraged Washington Post employees to go on strike, saying the move would mean getting rid of "Fake News for an extended period of time.”

“Washington Post employees want to go on strike because Bezos isn’t paying them enough. I think a really long strike would be a great idea,” Trump tweeted, referencing Jeff Bezos, the Post's owner and CEO of Amazon. “Employees would get more money and we would get rid of Fake News for an extended period of time!”

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He also renewed his previous inaccurate claim that the Post is a “registered lobbyist.” 

Trump's tweet came shortly after the Post reported that former Trump campaign adviser Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneWhite House braces for Mueller report Hillicon Valley: Trump pushes to speed up 5G rollout | Judge hits Roger Stone with full gag order | Google ends forced arbitration | Advertisers leave YouTube after report on pedophile ring Judge imposes full gag order on Roger Stone MORE met with a Russian national who offered dirt on Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillicon Valley: Trump pushes to speed up 5G rollout | Judge hits Roger Stone with full gag order | Google ends forced arbitration | Advertisers leave YouTube after report on pedophile ring 4 ways Hillary looms over the 2020 race Hillary Clinton met with Biden, Klobuchar to talk 2020: report MORE in exchange for $2 million during the 2016 election.

More than 400 Washington Post employees signed an open letter to Bezos on Thursday, asking for fair wages and benefits "from someone who believes democracy dies in darkness."

“All we are asking for is fairness for each and every employee who contributed to this company’s success: fair wages; fair benefits for retirement, family leave and health care; and a fair amount of job security,” the letter reads.

Post employees had widely shared the excerpts on social media, tweeting calls for Bezos to reexamine employee pay and benefits, but did not mention a possible strike in the letter.

Trump has long blasted the Post as "fake news" and has long attacked Amazon and Bezos.

The Post and Amazon are two separate businesses and operate independently of one another.