HUGE: Newsweek Fires Reporter Who Wrote Fake News Article About Trump's Thanksgiving
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Newsweek reporter Jessica Kwong wrote a story released on Thanksgiving day about President Trump's plan for the holiday. The article was titled, “How is Trump spending Thanksgiving? Tweeting, golfing and more." The article was clearly a political hit job where the left-wing reporter tried hammering the president.
One problem... At the time of the article's release, President Trump was not tweeting or golfing, instead he was feeding our soldiers their Thanksgiving meal in Afghanistan.
In response to the bogus news story, Newsweek has since fired Kwong for the fake news.
“Newsweek investigated the failures that led to the publication of the inaccurate report that President Trump spent Thanksgiving tweeting and golfing rather than visiting troops in Afghanistan," a Newsweek representative said to the Washington Examiner. "The story has been corrected, and the journalist responsible has been terminated. We will continue to review our processes and, if required, take further action.”
Check out what the Washington Examiner reported:
Hours after the president's trip was announced, Newsweek edited Kwong's story and added a note at the bottom of it. The beginning of the story now focuses on the president's trip and his speech to the troops, while the new headline reads, “How is Trump spending Thanksgiving? Tweeting, golfing — and surprising U.S. troops in Afghanistan.”
The note at the end of the story reads, "This story has been substantially updated and edited at 6:17 p.m. EST to reflect the president's surprise trip to Afghanistan. Additional reporting by James Crowley."
Kwong later addressed the update, saying: "Trump headed to Afghanistan to surprise U.S. troops on Thanksgiving https://newsweek.com/trump-thanksgi… Deleting this tweet because it was written before knowing about the president’s surprise visit to Afghanistan-an honest mistake. Story has already been updated, as shown in the screenshot."
The President along with his son Donald Trump Jr. made sure to slam Newsweek. Trump Jr. started off by tweeting, "Fake news gonna fake!" with the attached headline. President Trump later added, "I thought Newsweek was out of business?"
Unlike the Newsweek story suggested, on Thanksgiving Thursday, President Donald Trump decided to make a surprise visit to Afghanistan to visit our soldiers overseas.
"Trump arrived at Bagram Air Field, the largest U.S. base in Afghanistan, and was expected to be on the ground for roughly 2.5 hours," The Hill reports. "He served turkey to troops in a cafeteria, posed for photos and delivered brief remarks in a hanger."
“It’s a dangerous area and he wants to support the troops,” White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said. “He and Mrs. Trump recognize that there’s a lot of people far away from their families during the holidays and we thought it’d be a nice surprise."
“It’s truly about Thanksgiving and supporting the troops," she added.
During the visit, the President revealed that he expected the Taliban to commit to a ceasefire.
“The Taliban wants to make a deal — we’ll see if they make a deal. If they do they do, and if they don’t they don’t. That's fine,” Trump said.
“The Taliban wants to make a deal and we’re meeting with them and we’re saying it has to be a cease-fire and they didn’t want to do a cease fire and now they do want to do a cease-fire,” he added. “I believe it’ll probably work out that way.”
“We were getting close — and we pulled back because of what they did,” Trump said on Thanksgiving. “It was not a good thing they did with killing the soldier.”
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