Trump demands, gets apology from Washington Post reporter

President Trump on Saturday called for a Washington Post reporter to be fired over a misleading tweet about the size of the crowd at a rally for the president on Friday in Pensacola, Fla.

But Trump wasn't ready to forgive and forget and called for the reporter to be fired.

Although everyone knows (and any exceptions do not include political journalists) that Trump's Friday night rally in Pensacola, Florida, was another jam-packed event with a near-capacity crowd of 12,000, Weigel appeared to be under the impression that the media has not already suffered enough of a black eye this week.

Weigel quickly responded to Trump's tweets with an apology and an acknowledgement of his error. "And when he was later addressed by the president on Twitter, he promptly apologized for it", Kris Coratti, a vice president of communications for the paper, said in a statement to Fox News.

Trump continued to criticize the network Saturday morning, saying it may be committing "a fraud on the American Public" by calling itself "the most trusted name in news". The story mistakenly claimed that Donald Trump Jr. had been tipped off about the release of hacked DNC emails by WikiLeaks before they were made public.

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Trump tweeted twice Saturday on the matter.

Meanwhile, it has emerged that Weigel resigned from the Washington Post in 2010 after being caught posting caustic remarks about Republican Congressman Ron Paul and conservative media personalities on a private email list. "Watch to see if @CNN fires those responsible, or was it just gross incompetence?"

'Real photos now shown as I spoke. I deleted it after like 20 minutes. And when he was hospitalized with chest pains, Weigel wrote, "I hope he fails", according to The Daily Caller. "Was confused by the image of you walking in the bottom right corner", he tweeted.

In a later tweet, Weigel wrote: "It was a bad tweet on my personal account, not a story for Washington Post. Very fair to call me out".

Trump has also taken aim at ABC News' Brian Ross, who erroneously reported that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was prepared to testify that he, as a candidate, had directed Flynn to make contact with the Russians during the 2016 election. Trump asked the crowd.

  • Adam Floyd