Trump wants Washington Post reporter fired for misleading tweet

Marie Harrington
December 12, 2017

Supporters watch as US President Donald Trump speaks during a rally at the Pensacola Bay Center on December 8, 2017 in Pensacola, Florida.

President Trump on Saturday evening issued a call for a reporter with The Washington Post to be fired because of a quickly deleted tweet that presented a misleading impression of Trump's rally crowd in Florida. Shortly afterward, Washington Post reporter Dave Weigel quoted Trump's statement about the size of the crowd in a tweet accompanied by a photo of the arena, which appeared to be half-empty.

But the photo was supposedly taken hours before the rally started. The venue was later filled with people. Trump launched a predictable attack on CNN over that story on Saturday morning, and had called out another big retracted story from ABC News at his rally on Friday night.

"DaveWeigel WashingtonPost put out a phoney photo of an empty arena hours before I arrived @ the venue, w/ thousands of people outside, on their way in".

He continued, "Real photos now shown as I spoke".

The President had earlier told his 45 million followers: "Packed house, many people unable to get in". After receiving the apology, the president then called for Weigel to be fired, but not without contributing his own fake news to the story.

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The President of the United States returned to Twitter Sunday afternoon to provide the world with his latest attack on the free press.

'Sure thing: I apologize, ' he wrote. I deleted the photo after @dmartosko told me I'd gotten it wrong. Was confused by the image of you walking in the bottom right corner'.

"It was a bad tweet on my personal account, not a story for Washington Post".

Weigel apologized to Trump within minutes and noted he had already deleted the inaccurate tweet.

Trump also revived his hostility toward Brian Ross, who was suspended from his position as chief investigative correspondent for ABC News on Sat, Dec. 2 after incorrectly reporting that former national security adviser Michael T. Flynn would testify that Trump had asked him to make contact with members of the Russian government prior to the 2016 presidential election.

CNN corrected a report this week that Donald Trump, his son Donald Trump Jr. and others in the Trump organization received an email offering a decryption key and website addressed for hacked WikiLeaks documents - after the outlet reported the date of the email as September 14th rather than the 4th.

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