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

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On Saturday evening, Donald Trump attacked The Washington Post's Dave Weigel, demanding a retraction from the outlet and an apology for one of the reporter's personal tweets.

The topic of "fake news", a favorite of the president's coined for that which paints him unfavorably or that he disagrees with, has been covered at length all week.

The photo Weigel shared, however, was taken before all the rallygoers or the president had arrived, and the venue eventually did ultimately fill up to what looked like capacity by the time Trump's speech began. Trump tweeted from his Florida estate, where he was spending the weekend. "Arena was packed to the rafters, the crowd was loud, loving and really smart", Trump wrote. "They definitely get what's going on".

Weigel responded minutes later, saying he'd been notified of the error by DailyMail.com's U.S. political editor, David Martosko, who attended the event.

"But that photo was not taken while Trump was speaking", Fox News' Alex Pappas clarified.

To get the news straight, Trump took to Twitter in much the same fashion he did during his presidential campaign a year ago, realizing that if he wanted the truth to be known to America, he must rely on his personal Twitter account to disseminate real and factual news about himself. Real photos now shown as I spoke.

Trump also demanded Weigel apologize for publishing a photo of the empty arena as it had been made hours before the president's arrival and many people had not come yet. "FAKE NEWS, he should be fired", Trump wrote on his Twitter page.

Weigel responded quickly with an apology, the claim that he had already deleted tweet, and the excuse that he "was confused by the image of you walking in the bottom right corner" - which only proves that Weigel knew the photo was not taken during the rally. 'I deleted the photo after @dmartosko told me I'd gotten it wrong.

Weigel tweeted back nearly immediately.

In a later tweet, Weigel wrote: "It was a bad tweet on my personal account, not a story for Washington Post". He deleted it about 20 minutes later. "Very fair to call me out". "And when he was later addressed by the president on Twitter, he promptly apologized for it". They were caught red handed, just like lonely Brian Ross at ABC News (who should be immediately fired for his "mistake"). The Times reporter said Trump "pounced" on CNN's "erroneous report" when he called the network out on Twitter.

Later in the day, Trump accused Weigel and the news organisation of willingly using a "phony photo" and spreading fake news.

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