NYT Fake News: Jim Webb Not a Candidate for Defense Secretary
According to the New York Times, The Trump administration was supposedly considering former Democratic Senator and Navy Secretary Jim Webb to be the next defense secretary.
Webb, who ran unsuccessfully for the 2016 Democratic Presidential Nomination is a decorated war veteran who served in the Vietnam War. He has also written 10 books and is an Emmy award-making journalist and filmmaker.
Citing an unnamed official, the Times reported that Vice President Mike Pence and acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney had contacted Webb. The report said a senior Defense Department official confirmed Webb’s name had been circulating at the White House.
But then the President Tweeted this:
The story in the New York Times regarding Jim Webb being considered as the next Secretary of Defense is FAKE NEWS. I’m sure he is a fine man, but I don’t know Jim, and never met him. Patrick Shanahan, who is Acting Secretary of Defense, is doing a great job!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 4, 2019
After this tweet, he would send another tweet targeting the Times:
“Former @NYTimes editor Jill Abramson rips paper's ‘unmistakably anti-Trump’ bias.”
Ms. Abramson is 100% correct. Horrible and totally dishonest reporting on almost everything they write. Hence the term Fake News, Enemy of the People, and Opposition Party!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 5, 2019
One thing is unmistakably clear. The NYT and Trump are not on the best of terms.