The Washington Post has never let “fake news” allegations stop them before. Why start now?
The left-leaning newspaper stood by its Tuesday report that President Trump told his advisers he was considering rescinding Neil Gorsuch’s Supreme Court nomination after the nominee criticized the President in March.
Washington Post reporter Josh Dawsey asserted the veracity of the article, which he said was backed by 11 sources “with knowledge of the discussion.”
“We stand by our reporting wholeheartedly,” Dawsey said. “We worked on this for quite some time. We gave the White House plenty of time. We fact-checked the anecdotes, we did on-the-record interviews with officials, as you saw in the story. And we were pretty rigorous in piecing together these scenes of how he reacted to Judge Gorsuch criticizing him, so we stand by our reporting 100 percent.”
According to the disputed report, Gorsuch provoked the president’s ire when he said told Capitol Hill lawmakers during his confirmation hearing that he found President Trump’s rebuke of federal judges “disheartening” and “demoralizing.”
The president slammed federal judges after his travel ban was shot down earlier this year.
Dawsey claimed Gorsuch’s criticism of the president was meant to show he was his “own man,” but that President Trump was not pleased.
“He vented to aides on several different occasions that he did not think Gorsuch was grateful for the appointment and that he could not believe that after appoint him, he had gone straight to others and criticized the president. It was a moment of deep frustration for President Trump.”
The Washington Post article claimed President Trump vented to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), saying of Gorsuch “He’s probably going to end up being a liberal like the rest of them. You never know with these guys.”
But Dawsey told CNN he believes President Trump was only fuming, and then he reportedly did not take formal steps to rescind the nomination.
The reporter also called the incident “something the president was not prepared for.”
President Trump vehemently denied the report on Tuesday.
Determining the truth can be difficult when dealing with “unnamed sources.”