President-elect Donald Trump is back on Twitter, and this time he's ripping one of his old favorite punching bags: the New York Times. After the Times ran a story Tuesday suggesting that Trump's transition effort is in disarray, Trump took exception to a number of the items from the story in his trademark style.
The failing @nytimes story is so totally wrong on transition. It is going so smoothly. Also, I have spoken to many foreign leaders.— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1479298350.0
I have recieved and taken calls from many foreign leaders despite what the failing @nytimes said. Russia, U.K., China, Saudi Arabia, Japan,— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1479298632.0
Australia, New Zealand, and more. I am always available to them. @nytimes is just upset that they looked like fools in their coverage of me.— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1479299121.0
Trump additionally disputed widespread media reports that he has asked for his children to receive security clearance in another tweet that was not aimed specifically at the Times:
I am not trying to get "top level security clearance" for my children. This was a typically false news story.— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1479295737.0
It is unclear which media outlets caught Trump's eye with this story, as most outlets have reported that Trump sought lower-level security clearance for his children, as opposed to the higher "top secret" level clearance he has reportedly sought for his son-in-law, Jared Kushner. The lower-level clearance he has reportedly sought for his children would not allow them to be privy to highly sensitive intelligence briefings but would allow them access to classified information marked "secret."
In recent days, Trump has mocked the Times for their widely publicized public recommitment to journalistic fairness. Trump himself has promised to restrain his social media usage now that he has become president-elect. It's unclear whether either side of this particular dispute will be able to hold up their side of the bargain for long.