Trump attacks Washington Post reporter for ‘fake news’, he apologises

Washington: A Washington Post reporter today had to tender an apology after US President Donald Trump asked him to do so for posting an erro­neous tweet about his rally in Florida.

Dave Weigel, who covers politics for the newspaper, had posted a picture on his Twitter account which showed an empty arena when Trump was addressing a public meeting.

Trump, in a tweet, said, “Weigel put out a phony photo of an empty arena hours before he arrived at the venue, with thousands of peo­ple outside, on their way in. Real photos now shown as I spoke. Packed house, many people unable to get in. Demand apology & retraction from FAKE NEWS WaPo!” said the US Presi­dent as he posted pictures of the event.

Weigel apologised within minutes, and tweeted, “Sure thing: I apologise. I deleted the photo after David Martosko of Daily Mail told me I’d gotten it wrong. Was confused by the im­age of you walking in the bottom right corner.”

Despite Weigel’s apology, Trump in a follow-up tweet demanded that he be fired.

“Weigel of the Washington Post just admit­ted that his picture was a FAKE (fraud?) show­ing an almost empty arena last night for my speech in Pensacola when, in fact, he knew the arena was packed (as shown also on TV). FAKE NEWS, he should be fired,” he said.

Early in the morning, Trump targeted CNN for its alleged inaccurate reporting.