NY Times fires back at Trump's 'dangerous' accusation of treason

The New York Times on Sunday fired back at President TrumpDonald TrumpMeghan McCain: Democrats 'should give a little credit' to Trump for COVID-19 vaccine Trump testing czar warns lockdowns may be on table if people don't get vaccinated Overnight Health Care: CDC details Massachusetts outbreak that sparked mask update | White House says national vaccine mandate 'not under consideration at this time' MORE, who said its story about U.S. attacks on a Russian power grid amounted to "a virtual act of Treason."

"Accusing the press of treason is dangerous," the Times's communications account tweeted. "We described the article to the government before publication. As our story notes, President Trump’s own national security officials said there were no concerns."

It emphasized a section of its article stating that National Security Council officials said they had no national security concerns about the details in the story. 

The Times recently reported that the U.S. was ramping up digital attacks on Russia's power grid. Two administration officials told the Times that they believed the president was not briefed in detail on certain measures. Officials were reticent to detail the activity to Trump because of concerns that he might try to interfere or discuss it with foreign officials, according to the Times. 


Trump blasted the story as "NOT TRUE" on Twitter. 

"Do you believe that the Failing New York Times just did a story stating that the United States is substantially increasing Cyber Attacks on Russia," he tweeted. "This is a virtual act of Treason by a once great paper so desperate for a story, any story, even if bad for our Country."

"ALSO, NOT TRUE! Anything goes with our Corrupt News Media today," the president continued. "They will do, or say, whatever it takes, with not even the slightest thought of consequence!"