This is at least the second time that the president has tried to downplay his relationship with Haberman, perhaps the best-known reporter on the Trump beat, who is known for having the president's ear. And finally: "Most people will flip if the Government lets them out of trouble, even if ... it means lying or making up stories".
He acknowledged that "most people" will "flip if the Government lets them out of trouble", even if it means "lying or making up stories" but he does not see Cohen doing that, "despite the frightful Witch Hunt and the dishonest media!".
He continued: "They use ... non-existent "sources" and a drunk/drugged up loser who hates Michael, a fine person with a wonderful family".
O'Brien, one of two Trump biographers quoted in the Times' piece, said, "I know he wasn't referring to me", adding he was not sure who the subject of Trump's tweet is. Is Trump admitting Cohen committed illegal acts?
The newspaper sent a tweet saying it was "extremely proud" of Haberman, praising her for being part of a team that won a Pulitzer Prize.More news: P&G Takes on Merck's Consumer Health Division for $4.2B
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Trump dismissed the suggestion that Cohen, whose hotel room and offices were raided last week, might turn on him and admit any illegal behavior which could incriminate the president, insisting instead that he has nothing to hide.
They conveyed a general concern that if confronted with the prospect of jail time - and with the White House seemingly distancing the president from his attorney - Cohen would not remain loyal to the man he once said he'd take a bullet for.
"Here's the story that seems to have touched a nerve". Cohen, who has been Mr. Trump's personal attorney for years, has been privy to some of the most sensitive dealings of Mr. Trump's presidency and time as a businessman.
Haberman reports on the White House for the Times and has covered Trump since his days a businessman in NY. The president highlighted not just mistakes members of the media had made as the top 10 winners, but generic categories that didn't mention an outlet or reporter at all, like "RUSSIAN COLLUSION".