Donald Trump wanted Dave Weigel, a Washington Post reporter, to apologize for his tweet from the previous day about the crowd that showed up for Trump’s Florida rally.
However, the apology wasn’t enough for Trump.
The tweet that got the president upset was a picture of the rally venue mostly empty with a remark from Trump stating the venue was “packed to the rafters.”
.@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
After another journalist pointed out his mistake, the reporter deleted the tweet. But his tweet reached Trump and he unleashed an attack on Weigel.
Weigel responded to Trump’s tweet and admitted he was wrong and apologized.; “Sure thing: I apologize. I deleted the photo after @dmartosko told me I’d gotten it wrong. Was confused by the image of you walking in the bottom right corner.”
But his apology wasn’t enough for Donald Trump and he called on Weigel to 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 T.V.). FAKE NEWS, he should be fired.”
Weigel’s tweet comes after CNN misreported that Trump and his son had access to the WikiLeaks emails before they were made public.
There was also another story by ABC News that was retracted about Friday’s rally.