The Pulitzer Prizes have just been awarded and now Donald Trump wants to take them away from the journalists. According to the President of the United States, some writers have been wrongly awarded the most important media award in the United States. «You are not a journalist. They are thieves, »said Trump on Thursday in the White House.
Trump’s anger is directed at the two largest US newspapers. The “New York Times” was recognized on Monday for reporting on a possible Russian influence on the 2016 US election and alleged collusion between Trump’s campaign team and representatives of Russia. The US president said that some journalists had tried for years to “trick” him and that “they should be forced to give up these Pulitzer prices”. He further claimed: “It was all fake news.” The journalists are a “shame” if they do not return the prices. However, he did not name media or journalists directly.
Trump couldn’t distinguish Pulitzer from the Nobel Prize
An investigation by FBI special investigator Robert Mueller, completed last spring, had found no evidence of a conspiracy, but contacts between Trump’s campaign team and Russia had been proven. Trump repeatedly calls the investigation into the Russian affair “witch hunt”.
The US President has repeatedly requested the return of Pulitzer prices for what he believes to be false reporting on Russia. With tweets deleted shortly after their publication, Trump had given the impression in April that he could not distinguish the Nobel Prize from the Pulitzer Prize. He later portrayed this as a play on words and sarcasm.
Trump’s recent verbal attack on journalists was motivated by recent developments in the case of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. It was announced on Thursday that the U.S. Department of Justice has initiated an end to a lawsuit against Flynn. Flynn had admitted in the course of the Russian investigation that he had lied to the federal police FBI. In January, Flynn asked to withdraw his confession. (nim / SDA)