Published: Sun, December 10, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Trump demands, gets apology from reporter over 'phony photo'

Trump demands, gets apology from reporter over 'phony photo'

Trump accused the reporter of publishing "FAKE NEWS" and demanded an apology.

A rally underway where President Donald Trump is set to speak in Pensacola, Florida. 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.

Reporter Dave Weigel apologized immediately and noted he had already deleted the tweet. Now they are hanging in the Pensacola State College art department, each adorned with a small gold plaque featuring quotes from Trump.

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David Weigel was covering the political event in Florida and tweeted some photos of the venue, showing the half empty arena during Trump's Rally.

"The home of the legendary Blue Angels, people don't realize that", Trump said with a point to the sky. "Real photos now shown as a I spoke". "Packed house, many people unable to get in". He demanded an "apology & retraction" from the Washington Post. Though Weigel has gotten into (overblown) trouble for private comments criticizing conservatives in the past, he is still a widely respected journalist, and there is no reason to presume, as Trump did, that he was knowingly trying to misrepresent Trump's crowd size or was manufacturing fake photos to do so. I deleted it after like 20 minutes. "Was confused by the image of you walking in the bottom right corner", Weigel wrote on Twitter.

However, US President Donald Trump was not satisfied with frank apologies and instant response by The Washington Post journalist and suggested firing Weigel. "Very fair to call me out", Weigel later tweeted.

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