President Trump, however, took issue with the press’ reporting on the aforementioned matter. The Commander-in-Chief stated via Twitter that the media failed to report all details regarding Cohen’s business with AT&T.
His complaint reads as follows:
Why doesn’t the Fake News Media state that the Trump Administration’s Anti-Trust Division has been, and is, opposed to the AT&T purchase of Time Warner in a currently ongoing Trial. Such a disgrace in reporting!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 11, 2018
Certain individuals claim that Cohen’s business with AT&T matters. They moreover believe that whether or not the President knew of Cohen’s contract prior to his work with the administration will determine his ability to be swayed by outside forces.
However, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders explained the logistics of the deal on Friday:
“This further proves the President is not going to be influenced by special interests. This is actually the definition of ‘draining the swamp.’ I think it’s pretty clear the Department of Justice opposed the merger, so the president or his administration hasn’t been influenced by any outside special interest. He’s going to do what he finds to be in the best interest of Americans across the country.”
Reactions to Cohen and Latest AT&T Reports
President Trump’s critics have habitually questioned his election and power. They often allege the existence of control or allegiance to outside influences. This idea largely engendered the Russia investigation. However, the President and his administration have repeatedly controverted claims of wrongdoing.