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Trump says New York Times should apologise for more than 'terrible Anti-Semitic Cartoon'

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President Trump on Monday chastised The New York Times for its coverage after the newspaper's opinion section apologized for a political cartoon that was widely criticized for its use of anti-Semitic tropes.

"The New York Times has apologised for the terrible Anti-Semitic Cartoon, but they haven't apologized to me for this or all of the Fake and Corrupt news they print on a daily basis," Trump tweeted.

"They have reached the lowest level of 'journalism,' and certainly a low point in @nytimes history!" he added.

The paper's international print edition published Thursday included a cartoon that depicted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a guide dog wearing a Star of David collar leading Trump, who is wearing a skullcap and dark glasses.

"The image was offensive, and it was an error of judgment to publish it," The Times' opinion section said in a tweet. "It was provided by The New York Times News Service and Syndicate, which has since deleted it."

Donald Trump Jr., Muslim peace advocate Imam Mohamad Tawhidi and Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) were among those who criticised The Times over the cartoon.

Discussion over a rise in anti-Semitism has been at the forefront in recent days after a gunman killed one person and injured several others at a synagogue in Poway, Calif. Trump described the shooting as a "hate crime," and reached out to the rabbi at the synagogue, who was shot in the hand.

While Trump has seized on allegations of anti-Semitism against Democrats, critics have accused the president of hypocrisy and of fueling violence against Jews and other groups with his rhetoric.

He drew overwhelming bipartisan backlash in 2017 for saying there were fine people on "both sides" at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., that turned violent. Trump defended those comments last week, claiming he was referring to those opposing the removal of a monument of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

Trump has repeatedly lashed out at The New York Times during his presidency, labelling its coverage that he dislikes "fake news" and describing the paper as "the enemy of the people." He has cited the paper's reporting in other instances when it is more favourable to his administration.

New York Times publisher A.G. Sulzberger met with Trump last year to warn against his incendiary rhetoric toward the press. He reiterated those concerns earlier this year after Trump called the paper the "enemy of the people."

Trump has made repeated misleading claims that The Times apologised to him over its coverage during the 2016 election, and suggested it should do so again.

In fact, The New York Times's top editor and publisher wrote a note to readers following the 2016 election saying they had underestimated the rise of Trump, but did not apologise for the paper's coverage. Sulzberger pledged the paper would "hold power to account, impartially and unflinchingly."

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