On Saturday morning, President Donald Trump furiously tweeted that two prominent Washington Post  reporters “shouldn’t even be allowed on the grounds of the White House.”

After a story was written in the Post criticizing the president’s administration, Trump tweeted that the duo responsible were “lightweight reporters” whose reporting is “so DISGUSTING & FAKE.”

His tweet linked to an op-ed by White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham and Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley called “The Washington Post’s Lost Summer,” criticizing a story by the two reporters Philip Rucker and Ashley Parker on Trump’s turbulent summer and included inaccurate claims on the Post‘s coverage.

Post executive editor Marty Baron responded to the president’s tweet saying “we stand fully behind” Rucker and Parker, “the president’s statement fits into a pattern of seeking to denigrate and intimidate the press. It’s unwarranted and dangerous, and it represents a threat to the free press in this country.”

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Many came to Rucker and Parker’s defense on social media over the weekend including fellow Washington Post reporter Josh Dawsey and New York Times Chief White House Correspondent Peter Baker.

Trump has often been a critic of the Washington Post’s coverage of him. On Friday, Eric Trump took his own stab at the newspaper by condemning an email sent to a Trump Organization employee by the Washington Post’s David Farenthold asking for information on the company. Farenthold responded with an online video explaining his reporting process.

The Trump administration is not above taking away White House press passes either. CNN’s Jim Acosta and Playboy reporter Brian Karem have both had their passes temporarily revoked.


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