WASHINGTON, June 13 (UPI) -- Donald Trump said on his Facebook page on Monday afternoon that he is banning The Washington Post from covering his presidential campaign events.
The presumptive Republican Party nominee for president slammed the Post for printing that Trump was trying to blame President Obama for the Orlando shooting. He posted "Based on the incredibly inaccurate coverage and reporting of the record setting Trump campaign, we are hereby revoking the press credentials of the phony and dishonest Washington Post."
Later, he continued the Post "is being used by the owners of Amazon as their political lobbyist so that they don't have to pay taxes and don't get sued for monopolistic tendencies that have led to the destruction of department stores and the retail industry."
The Post's story came from an interview Trump did on Fox news, in which Trump suggested the president was hiding something about the shooting. The Post changed its online headline slightly before the Trump tweet from "Donald Trump suggests President Obama was involved with Orlando shooting" to "Donald Trump seems to connect President Obama to Orlando shooting."
Washington Post Editor-in-Chief Marty Baron quickly fired back that Trump's ban was "nothing less than a repudiation of the role of a free and independent press." Baron criticized Trump's willingness to try and silence any publication that ran a story he didn't like, and said, "We're proud of our coverage, and we're going to keep at it."
The Post is the latest of more than a dozen news organizations that Trump has banned from his campaign events after publishing or broadcasting something unflattering of the candidate.
Trump also banned Politico this month, but stretching back to almost a year ago, he blocked the Des Moines Register from early campaign events through the Iowa caucuses. The New Hampshire Union Leader was also banned about the same time was not allowed to be a co-sponsor of the GOP primary debate. The New York Times and Florida's Sun Sentinel newspaper have also been banned.
The Huffington Post was banned very early in Trump's campaign as well, apparently for running Trump events in their entertainment section instead of politics. Buzzfeed, Mother Jones, The Daily Beast, Gawker, were also banned.
But Trump campaign's banishment of press also included foreign press like France's Canal Plus.
Networks Univision and Telemundo have been shut out of events since last summer. A CNN reporter was told he would be kicked out if he didn't stay within the designated press area, and a CBS News reporter was arrested for filming a protest outside a Trump rally.
Politico editor Susan Glasser spoke out against Trump's blocking of the Post, saying he has "repeatedly tried to control the coverage of news organizations by denying their journalists access to his campaign events. We believe that is a violation of the basic right of a free press to report — and if the goal is to squelch independent journalism about Trump it certainly won't work."