Trump Designates U.S. News Organizations as Foreign Missions
by Maxwell Paddington
June 23, 2020
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Trump administration announced on Monday that it designated U.S. news organizations as “foreign missions.” Retaliation from China, Russia, Turkey, Iran and North Korea is expected.
State Department officials indicated they took action to make it clear to Americans that the organizations are considered by the U.S. government as propaganda organs for various foreign governments. The news organizations are required to provide the department a complete roster of employees along with a list of their real estate holdings.
David R. Stilwell, the assistant secretary for East Asia and the Pacific, declined to comment what actions might be taken with that information.
“These entities are not independent news organizations,” said Mr. Stilwell, adding that they were “effectively controlled” by multiple foreign hostile governments.
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