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Trump And Washington Post Reporter Have Twitter Tiff Over Who Called Whom First

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Evie Fordham Politics and Health Care Reporter

President Donald Trump accused Washington Post national political reporter Robert Costa of being “Fake News” on Twitter Wednesday after Costa tweeted about receiving a call from the president.

“I didn’t call Bob Costa of the Washington Post, he called me (Returned his call)! Just more Fake News,” Trump wrote on Twitter.

Costa quickly responded by pointing to a tweet he sent out Tuesday night. (RELATED: Trump To Meet With Queen Elizabeth II, PM May And President Macron In June)

“President Trump called me this evening, in response to my request for comment on a profile story on a Trump World figure. After speaking on that topic, he took a few questions about his administration’s standoff with Congress. We’ll publish those remarks tonight,” Costa wrote on Twitter Tuesday night.

US President Donald Trump speaks with reporters outside the White House prior to his departure aboard Marine One on October 7, 2017. (ALEX EDELMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Donald Trump speaks with reporters outside the White House prior to his departure aboard Marine One on October 7, 2017.
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The Washington Post also weighed in on its official Twitter account.

“President Trump is referring to this story. In response to a request for comment on a separate topic, the president called [Costa] back and took questions about his administration’s standoff with Congress,” the outlet wrote Wednesday.

The Washington Post reporter had recently spoken with Trump for a story about his opposition to White House aides testifying to Congress in the aftermath of special counsel Robert Mueller’s long-awaited Russia report.

Trump used one of his favorite nicknames for the press on Costa. Trump reportedly called claims that he referred to Apple CEO Tim Cook as “Tim Apple” during a March meeting as fake news, and also delivered a backhanded compliment to “FAKE NEWS CNN” in January for allegedly understanding border wall funding negotiations better than Fox News.

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