Oops, he did it again. Whenever a major news outlet calls the White House for comment on a major Trump-Russia bombshell story that’s about to be published, Donald Trump has a consistently bad habit of telegraphing that those stories are on their way. Whether he believes he’s framing the narrative in advance, or whether he’s merely lashing out in preemptive anger, he gives it away nearly every time. Now Trump has tipped off that the New York Times has something major up its sleeve.
On an otherwise strangely quiet Sunday morning for him, here’s what Trump tweeted: “The Failing NY Times, in a story by Peter Baker, should have mentioned the rapid terminations by me of TPP & The Paris Accord & the fast approvals of The Keystone XL & Dakota Access pipelines. Also, look at the recent EPA cancelations & our great new Supreme Court Justice!” Although the New York Times story in question is a negative one about Trump, it’s far from the most negative thing that any major news outlet has said about him this weekend.
The story shouldn’t even be on Trump’s radar. Yet he’s clearly angry at the New York Times for a different reason, and so he hunted down an excuse to lash out at the newspaper preemptively. This means he’s gotten the phone call from the Times, asking him for comment on a story that’s truly ticked him off or frightened him. So what is this bombshell?
That’s the tricky part here. Donald Trump didn’t go so far as to give away specifically what the story is, only that it’s coming. In these instances it’s always about the Trump-Russia scandal. The New York Times has a habit of dropping its bombshells on Sunday nights, so it might be worth paying attention this evening. It’s clear that Trump thinks it’s imminent.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report