Newsweek fires reporter who claimed Trump would be 'tweeting and golfing' on Thanksgiving before his surprise visit to Afghanistan
Kwong tweeted, claiming that her article about Trump was an 'honest mistake' after the president's son, Donald Jr, took to Twitter to slam her coverage as 'fake news'.
The political reporter from Newsweek who claimed President Donald Trump would be spending Thanksgiving "tweeting, golfing, and more" has reportedly been fired. The move came following White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham pointed out the article, calling it fake news, shortly after it was revealed that the president spent the day serving turkey dinners to US troops in Afghanistan.
The reporter, Jessica Kwong, whose Twitter page states that she covers the Trump administration and family, published her article on Thursday morning with the headline: 'How is Trump spending Thanksgiving? Tweeting, golfing and more." Her tweet with a link to her article was later deleted after Trump made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan to greet American troops and met with Aghan President Ashraf Ghani to discuss reopening talks with the Taliban, reports state.
"The men and women of our military are totally loyal to our country. And every day I am President, America will always be totally loyal to you." — President @realDonaldTrump pic.twitter.com/ZHGWo7XDKR— The White House (@WhiteHouse) November 29, 2019
Kwong later wrote another tweet, claiming that her article about Trump was an "honest mistake" after the president's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr, took to Twitter to slam her coverage as "fake news."
The reporter wrote: "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." She also posted an updated headline to her article that read: "How is Trump spending Thanksgiving? Tweeting, golfing — and surprising U.S. troops in Afghanistan."
A note towards the end of the article mentioned: "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."
Trump headed to Afghanistan to surprise U.S. troops on Thanksgiving https://t.co/f7Xeqz1ZGQ 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. pic.twitter.com/g9CfPaV2kQ— Jessica Kwong (@JessicaGKwong) November 29, 2019
Kwong, while talking to The Washington Examiner, said she was asked to write an article on what Trump would be doing for Thanksgiving, and when it was apparent that he had made a trip to Afghanistan, she reportedly told her editor and a new article was written. However, her original copy was not updated.
Trump Jr also responded to Kwong's tweet by writing: "It wasn't an 'honest mistake' you tried to dunk on Trump and ended up dunking on yourself because you couldn't resist. Notice how there's never been a story that broke in Trump's favor & had to be corrected the other way? These aren't mistakes, they are a very consistent pattern."
President Trump himself had retweeted his son's post calling the story "fake news," and wrote: "I thought Newsweek was out of business?"
Meanwhile, a Newsweek spokesperson released a statement to the outlet, saying: "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. 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."