Maggie Haberman had the only possible response to Trump's absurdity: Laughter and facts.
Trump kicked off his Sunday morning with one of his trademark tantrums. But Maggie Haberman, the New York Times reporter he targeted, shut him quickly and easily.
“The Failing New York Times purposely wrote a false story stating that I am unhappy with my legal team on the Russia case and am going to add another lawyer to help out,” Trump tweeted. He was referring to a Times article by Haberman and Michael Schmidt.
The story in question says that Trump is in talks with attorney Emmet T. Flood, who represented President Bill Clinton during his impeachment process.
“Wrong. I am VERY happy with my lawyers, John Dowd, Ty Cobb and Jay Sekulow. They are doing a great job and have shown conclusively that there was no Collusion with Russia..just excuse for losing,” Trump added. “The only Collusion was that done by the DNC, the Democrats and Crooked Hillary. The writer of the story, Maggie Haberman, a Hillary flunky, knows nothing about me and is not given access.”
Anyone who followed Haberman’s breathless coverage of Hillary Clinton’s emails would find it ludicrous to call Haberman a “Hillary flunky.”
And even Haberman herself seemed to acknowledge that, as she laughed out loud at Trump’s insult. But Haberman also responded with Trump’s greatest enemy, the facts.
“Several people close to Trump confirmed our story. Trump also met with Emmet Flood in the Oval last week for purpose of potentially hiring him. Our story was confirmed by other outlets,” Habermann replied, quoting Trump.
Haberman also pointed out that Trump’s tantrum raises the humiliating “possibility Flood has turned him down.”
Trump is also verifiably wrong about Haberman’s access. No one from the White House complained about Haberman’s background-heavy coverage of Hope Hicks’ resignation, for example.