Trump also again invoked McCain, a former prisoner-of-war and political rival who the president is reported to have called a “loser” following his death in 2018.
“This reminds me of the Dirty Dossier, which was pushed hard by John McCain, & then with a thud turned out to be a total fraud,” Trump said. “The Radical Far Left is VICIOUS, they will do or say anything to win.”
Trump on Friday also called the story “fake news” and a “hoax.” Portions of the story were corroborated by other outlets, including by Fox News national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin, who reported on Friday that she was able to confirm some details of the article.
Griffin’s reporting prompted Trump to call for her firing.
“Jennifer Griffin should be fired for this kind of reporting,” Trump tweeted late Friday night. “Never even called us for comment. @FoxNews is gone!”
The president also repeatedly tweeted reports stemming from an Office of Management and Budget memo issued to executive branch agencies Friday in which Trump instructs OMB Director Russel Vought to crack down on federal agencies’ anti-racism training initiatives.
“This is a sickness that cannot be allowed to continue,” Trump tweeted, alongside retweeting reports from Breitbart, Tucker Carlson and prominent conservative commentators. “Please report any sightings so we can quickly extinguish!” he added.
In the memo, Trump cast some of the trainings as “divisive” and “un-American.”
Trump on Saturday morning then traveled by motorcade to Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Va., arriving just after 10 a.m., according to a pool report.