Washington Post Executive Editor Marty Baron defended two of the newspaper’s reporters on Saturday after President Trump lashed out at them for critical coverage and threatened to ban them from the White House.
“We stand fully behind them and their important work,” Baron said in a statement about the reporters, Ashley Parker and Philip Rucker. “The president’s statement fits into a pattern of seeking to denigrate and intimidate the press.”
“It’s unwarranted and dangerous, and it represents a threat to a free press in this country,” Baron added.
Trump called Parker and Rucker “two nasty lightweight reporters” in a tweet earlier Saturday, adding that they “shouldn’t even be allowed on the grounds of the White House.”