The Donald Trump campaign will expand its war on the media and the Hillary Clinton campaign by attacking Carlos Slim, a Mexican billionaire and New York Times Company shareholder, the Wall Street Journal reported late Thursday.
Trump will accuse Slim of taking part in a conspiracy between the Clinton Foundation and the media to surface old allegations aimed at destroying the Republican nominee, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing an unnamed Trump adviser. Trump will use Slim’s past donations to the Clinton Foundation to charge that Slim is motivated to attack Trump through the media, according to the Journal.
A spokesman for Slim, Arturo Elias, rebutted the Trump adviser’s claims about Slim’s attempts to take down Trump.
“This is totally false,” Elias told the Wall Street Journal. “Of course we aren’t interfering in the U.S. election. We aren’t even active in Mexican politics.”
And New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. told the Journal that Slim “fully respects boundaries regarding the independence of our journalism” and has “never sought to influence what we report.”
Following reporting on several women who accused Trump of sexual misconduct, Trump on Thursday lashed out at the women who made the allegations, as well as the outlets that reported on the women’s accounts.
During a rally in Florida, Trump said that the “the slander and libels” published by the New York Times and the “Clinton machine” were the result of a “concerted, coordinated and vicious attack.”
“It’s not coincidence that these attacks come at the exact same moment, and altogether at the same time as Wikileaks releases documents, exposing the masses of international corruption of the Clinton machine,” he said.