Trump Today: President attacks Boston Globe after wave of critical editorials

Trump hails dollar’s strength; says he’s in ‘no rush’ on Nafta
Reuters President Donald Trump addresses members of his cabinet and the news media as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo looks on at the White House on Thursday.

President Donald Trump on Thursday ramped up attacks on the media, as he hailed the strength of the U.S. dollar and told members of his cabinet he’s in “no rush” on a new North American Free Trade Agreement. On the same day about 350 newspapers ran editorials decrying Trump’s description of the media as the “enemy of the people,” the president tweeted “THE FAKE NEWS MEDIA IS THE OPPOSITION PARTY.” The Boston Globe called on newspapers to publish the editorials — prompting a Trump charge of “collusion” — and Trump singled out the paper in a separate tweet, incorrectly saying it was sold by the New York Times for $1. The Globe was sold to Boston Red Sox owner John Henry for $70 million.

About a month after saying a strong dollar put the U.S. at a “disadvantage,” Trump tweeted “money is pouring into our cherished DOLLAR like rarely before.” Larry Kudlow, who heads the White House National Economic Council, offered a similar take on the greenback, telling CNBC that the strength of the dollar was a “sign of confidence” in the economy. In July, Trump told the same network that “our currency is going up. I have to tell you, it puts us at a disadvantage.” The U.S. Dollar Index DXY, -0.10%   , a measure of the currency against six of its rivals, is up about 5% this year. Our Economy is doing better than ever. Money is pouring into our cherished DOLLAR like rarely before, companies earnings are higher than ever, inflation is low & business optimism is higher than it has ever been. For the first time in many decades, we are protecting our workers!

Trump told cabinet members at the White House he’s not in a rush to forge a Nafta deal, after U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said he was hopeful for a breakthrough in the next few days. “If we don’t have a breakthrough, don’t do the deal,” Trump said. Separately, the president raised the case of Pastor Andrew Brunson, who’s been detained by Turkey. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told Trump that the administration is planning more sanctions against Turkey if Brunson isn’t released quickly. Brunson denies charges of espionage and Trump called him “a very innocent man.” The president also tweeted that the singer Aretha Franklin, who died Thursday, was a “great oman” who “will be missed.”