Trump accuses New York Times of foiling attempt to kill ISIS leader

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U.S. President Donald Trump has accused the New York Times of foiling an attempt to kill Islamic State (ISIS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, perhaps his most serious accusation yet against the news media. (more)

The charge came on early Saturday morning when Trump sent out a series of tweets, but it was not immediately clear what prompted the accusation, for which he provided no further information or evidence.

“The Failing New York Times foiled U.S. attempt to kill the single most wanted terrorist, Al-Baghdadi,” the president said in a message on Twitter at 6:45 a.m. ET, adding: “Their sick agenda over National Security.”

There was no immediate response from the New York Times.

Trump has frequently attacked the mainstream media during his first six months in office, calling them “fake news” in response to unfavorable stories and at one point condemning news organizations such as the New York Times and CNN as the “enemy of the American People!”

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