The Associated Press deleted a tweet that pushed false information about President Donald Trump on Nov. 20, the second time in two days the wire agency has been forced to significantly amend its reporting on Trump.
The agency, also known as the AP, wrote in a post on Twitter: “Contradicting the testimony of his own ambassador, President Trump says he wanted nothing from Ukraine and says the #ImpeechmentHearings should be brought to an end.”
But Trump was quoting from what ambassador Gordon Sondland said during testimony to the House Intelligence Committee.
“I finally called the president… I believe I just asked him an open-ended question, Mr. Chairman,” Sondland told Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.). “What do you want from Ukraine? I keep hearing all these different ideas and theories and this and that. What do you want?”
“It was a very short abrupt conversation, he was not in a good mood, and he just said, I want nothing. I want nothing. I want no quid pro quo. Tell Zelensky to do the right thing, something to that effect,” Sondland added.
Speaking to reporters in Washington, Trump repeated Sondlands words.
“Heres my response that he gave—just gave. Ready? You have the cameras rolling? I want nothing. Thats what I want from Ukraine. Thats what I said. I want nothing. I said it twice,” Trump said.
“Now, if you werent fake news, youd cover it properly,” he added.
The AP later deleted its incorrect tweet.
An earlier tweet that didnt make clear that President Trump was quoting from Gordon Sondlands testimony in which he was quoting Trump has been deleted.
— The Associated Press (@AP) November 20, 2019
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