Trump tweets about Lauer to blast me­dia

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“Wow, Matt Lauer was just fired from NBC for ‘in­ap­pro­pri­ate sex­ual be­hav­ior in the work­place.’ But when will the top ex­ec­u­tives at NBC & Com­cast be fired for putting out so much Fake News.”

WASH­ING­TON — Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump turned the fir­ing of NBC’s Matt Lauer into a fresh op­por­tu­nity to at­tack the press Wed­nes­day, un­leash­ing a se­ries of cryptic and per­sonal tweets aimed at prom­i­nent me­dia fig­ures.

As many Amer­i­cans were eat­ing break­fast, the pres­i­dent swiftly re­sponded to the abrupt dis­missal of the long­time “To­day” show host by con­demn­ing NBC News and its Philadel­phia-based par­ent com­pany, Com­cast Corp. Trump said on Twit­ter: “Wow, Matt Lauer was just fired from NBC for ‘in­ap­pro­pri­ate sex­ual be­hav­ior in the work­place.’ But when will the top ex­ec­u­tives at NBC & Com­cast be fired for putting out so much Fake News.”

Trump then ref­er­enced the NBC News chair­man, ad­ding: “Check out Andy Lack’s past!” It was not im­me­di­ately clear what that com­ment re­ferred to. In an­other tweet, the pres­i­dent used Lauer’s fir­ing to lash out at “Morn­ing Joe” host Joe Scar­bor­ough and MSNBC Pres­i­dent Phil Grif­fin.

NBC de­clined to com­ment on Trump’s tweets.

Re­gard­ing Scar­bor­ough, Trump wrote: “And will they ter­mi­nate low rat­ings Joe Scar­bor­ough based on the “un­solved mys­tery” that took place in Florida years ago? In­ves­ti­gate!”

The pres­i­dent ap­peared to be re­fer­ring to the 2001 death of Lori Klausutis, a 28-year-old aide who worked for Scar­bor­ough at the time, when he rep­re­sented Florida’s 1st con­gres­sional district. She was found dead in the con­gress­man’s district of­fice.

But Klausutis’s death is not an un­solved mys­tery: Au­thor­i­ties de­ter­mined 16 years ago that she died after los­ing con­scious­ness from an ab­nor­mal heart rhythm and col­lapsed. No foul play was sus­pected, and her death was ruled an ac­ci­dent by the med­i­cal ex­am­iner.

Scar­bor­ough re­sponded to Trump with his own tweet: “Looks like I picked a good day to stop re­spond­ing to Trump’s bizarre tweets. He is not well.”

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