NYT publisher reveals how Trump intended NOT to warn paper that Egypt was about to arrest his reporter
The publisher of the New York Times unveiled a story never before told in which he said Donald Trump deliberately withheld the knowledge that one of their reporters would be arrested in Egypt.
A. G. Sulzberger, while speaking at Brown University, claimed that Trump decided two years ago not to pass the information on to the Times when he heard about the impending arrest of one of their journalists based in Egypt.
& # 39; Two years ago we received a call from a US government official who warned us about the upcoming arrest of a New York Times reporter in Egypt, named Declan Walsh & # 39 ;, Sulzberger said in his speech, which was converted to text and was published as a op / ed in the Times Monday.
He said the phone call was not unusual at first, as the newspaper would often receive this type of warning for journalists abroad.
& # 39; Although the news was alarming, the call was actually pretty standard & # 39 ;, he said. & # 39; But this specific call took a surprising and disturbing turn. We have been informed that the official passed on this warning without the knowledge or consent of the Trump government. & # 39;
& # 39; Instead of trying to stop the Egyptian government or assisting the reporter, the official said, the Trump government was planning to stay on the information and let the arrest take place, & # 39; Sulzberger continued. & # 39; The official feared being punished because he had even pointed out the danger to us. & # 39;
New York Times publisher A. G. Sulzberger revealed Monday that Donald Trump never intended to reveal that he knew one of their reporters would be arrested in Egypt
Sulzberger said an official called and said Egypt was planning to arrest Declan Walsh (photo) – an Irish resident. & # 39; Instead of trying to stop the Egyptian government or assisting the reporter, the official thought, the Trump government was planning to stay on the information and let the arrest take place & # 39;
Sulzberger used the story as an anecdote to illustrate how the Trump government, he claims, has withdrawn from the historic role of the US government to defend the First Amendment – especially the free press.
& # 39; This is not just a problem for reporters, & # 39; he said, & # 39; it's a problem for everyone because this is how authoritarian leaders bury critical information, hide corruption, and even justify genocide. & # 39;
He relied on words from the late Republican senator John McCain, who said: & # 39; The first thing dictators do is close the press & # 39 ;.
The Times eventually contacted Walsh & # 39; s native Ireland for help, and Sulzberger said that within an hour Irish diplomats traveled to his home in Egypt and escorted him to the airport.
Sulzberger detailed another copy during his remarks about a second reporter in Egypt.
A year and a half after they could prevent Walsh from being held by Egyptian troops, journalist David Kirkpatrick was detained at an airport in Egypt when he arrived.
He said that Kirkpatrick was deported because Cairo felt he had shameful information for the Egyptian government.
Sulzberger said a senior official at the American embassy in Cairo openly expressed the cynical world view behind the tolerance of the Trump government for such crackdowns when he expressed his protest about the actions of Egypt.
Sulzberger said that Donald Trump hates media coverage of him making the president and his government refrain from defending a free press. He claimed that an official at the US embassy in Cairo said: "What did you expect to happen to him?" His reporting made the government look bad & # 39; when another Times reporter was deported from Egypt airport
& # 39; What did you expect to happen to him? & # 39; Sulzberger remembers the official said. & # 39; His reporting made the government look bad. & # 39;
Trump often refers to media as the & # 39; fake news & # 39; and claims that the & # 39; regular media & # 39; cover him and his administration unfairly.
Although he ended the daily press briefing in March, Trump insists that he is the most accessible American president ever. Senior officials cite both the number of times Trump personally speaks to the press and his Twitter account as ways in which he keeps the lines of communication between him and the media open.
But others don't see his Twitter account as positive.
Sulzberger said that since President Trump took office nearly 600 times over & # 39; fake news & # 39; tweeted.
Trump claims to be an avid defender of the first amendment – in particular freedom of expression.
Speaking to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, Trump warned a chamber of foreign leaders and a global audience that even & # 39; free nations & # 39; endure challenges for freedom through social media platforms.
& # 39; A small number of social media platforms are gaining enormous power over what we can see and what we can say & he said.
He also destroyed the media sites – which probably refer to Facebook, Twitter and Google – for & # 39; blacklists & # 39; that are not popular in Silicon Valley.
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