Trump criticises NYT on Twitter

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump addresses the National Convention of the American Legion in Cincinnati, Ohio on Sept 1, 2016.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump addresses the National Convention of the American Legion in Cincinnati, Ohio on Sept 1, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW YORK • During his presidential campaign, Mr Donald Trump tweeted with abandon and at all hours.

Now that the Republican candidate has scored a surprise win in last week's US presidential election, many people thought he might finally give his thumbs a rest.

It appears they are wrong. On Sunday, the newly minted President-elect went on Twitter and sent some tweets critical of The New York Times - a long-time media nemesis.

This was even though Mr Trump had said in an interview with US broadcaster CBS' 60 Minutes programme that he was going "to be very restrained" on Twitter.

He tweeted: "Wow, the (New York Times) is losing thousands of subscribers because of their very poor and highly inaccurate coverage of the 'Trump phenomena'."

He was referring to a letter that New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr and executive editor Dean Baquet sent to subscribers after the election. They wrote: "Did Donald Trump's sheer unconventionality lead us and other news outlets to underestimate his support among American voters?"

Mr Trump also posted a tweet accusing The New York Times of inaccurate reporting, tweeting: "The NY-Times states today that DJT believes 'more countries should acquire nuclear weapons.' How dishonest are they. I never said this!"

However, at a televised town hall in March, Mr Trump had talked about nuclear weapons, saying: "You have so many countries already - China, Pakistan, you have so many countries, Russia - you have so many countries right now that have them.

"Now, wouldn't you rather, in a certain sense, have Japan have nuclear weapons when North Korea has nuclear weapons?"

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 15, 2016, with the headline 'Trump criticises NYT on Twitter'. Print Edition | Subscribe