President Donald Trump criticized Washington Post reporter for tweeting a misleading photo of his “Make America Great Again” in Florida.
On Friday night, Dave Weigel, a political reporter for the newspaper tweeted a photo showing a mostly-empty venue. He took the photo hours before the event.
In a tweet on Saturday, Trump called Weigel’s photo a “phony.” He also demanded an apology and removal of the photo from the social network
.@DaveWeigel @WashingtonPost put out a phony photo of an empty arena hours before I arrived @ the venue, w/ 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! pic.twitter.com/XAblFGh1ob
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 9, 2017
Weigel immediately tweeted an apology to the President. He also explained that he deleted his initial tweet after a fellow media man told him that he had “gotten it wrong.”
In addition, Weigel emphasized that he posted the photo on his persona Twitter account. He did not submit it as story to the Washington Post.
— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) December 9, 2017
It was a bad tweet on my personal account, not a story for Washington Post. I deleted it after like 20 minutes. Very fair to call me out.