Trump did not react well to a Wall Street Journal critique of his coronavirus briefing on April 9, and labeled the Wall Street Journal as “Fake News.”
The Wall Street Journal ran a critical editorial that stated that the coronavirus briefings “have become less about defeating the virus and more about the many feuds of Donald J. Trump.”
This caused Trump himself to fire back (in typical fashion) on Twitter:
The Wall Street Journal always “forgets” to mention that the ratings for the White House Press Briefings are “through the roof” (Monday Night Football, Bachelor Finale, according to @nytimes) & is only way for me to escape the Fake News & get my views across. WSJ is Fake News!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 9, 2020
Later in the week, however, Trump shared an op-ed published in the Wall Street Journal that seemingly had his seal of approval. He didn’t seem able to stick to his original criticism of the newspaper, owned by Rupert Murdoch.
Twitter had a few things to say about this explosion.