Trump Confirms Covert CIA Syria Training Program in Twitter Attack on the Washington Post

U.S. officials told the newspaper in a story published July 19 that ending the secret program was related to Trump's concerns about re-establishing a working relationship with Russia

US President Donald Trump visits Beaver, West Virginia
AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB

President Donald Trump has assailed The Washington Post in connection with a story about termination of U.S. efforts to aid rebels fighting to oust Syria's President Bashar Assad. 

In a post on his Twitter account Monday, Trump said, "The Amazon Washington Post fabricated the facts on my ending massive, dangerous, and wasteful payments to Syrian rebels fighting Assad." In doing so, Trump inadvertently confirmed the existence of a covert CIA program.

U.S. officials told the newspaper in a story published July 19 that ending the secret program was related to Trump's concerns about re-establishing a working relationship with Russia.

White House deputy press secretary Sarah Sanders declined at the time to discuss cessation of the program, telling reporters she didn't know if it had come up in discussions that Trump had with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.