White House press secretary Sean Spicer wants an apology from The New York Times for publishing an article containing stunning details about Donald Trump’s earliest days in office, even disputing whether the president owns a bathrobe.
“That report was so riddled with inaccuracies and lies that they owe the president an apology,” Spicer told reporters aboard Air Force One Monday. “There were just literally blatant factual errors and it’s unacceptable to see that kind of reporting or so-called reporting.”
The article describes Trump’s routine after normal business hours, when he reportedly watches television in a bathrobe or marks up negative news articles with a Sharpie.
Spicer took issue with that and other specific anecdotes in the story, especially the BATHROBE. “I don’t think the president owns a bathrobe; he definitely doesn’t wear one,” the spokesman said. “From top to bottom they made up stories that just don’t exist. And I think that’s unfortunate.”
Trump himself appeared to take issue with the story earlier Monday, tweeting that the newspaper “writes total fiction” by “making up stories and sources.”
The failing @nytimes writes total fiction concerning me. They have gotten it wrong for two years, and now are making up stories & sources!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 6, 2017
“We stand by our story,” Danielle Rhoades Ha, the newspaper’s vice president of communications, said in an email.