David Weigel was covering the political event in Florida and tweeted some photos of the venue, showing the half empty arena during Trump's Rally. According to US media reports, these pictures instantly went viral on the web thus attracting the President's attention. Trump has slammed Weigel and demanded immediate deletion of the controversial pictures.
.@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) 9 декабря 2017 г.
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. Weigel confirmed that the tweet was a mistake and apologized for issuing the photo.
"@daveweigel 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," Trump wrote on his Twitter page.
However, US President Donald Trump was not satisfied with frank apologies and instant response by The Washington Post journalist and suggested firing Weigel.
Earlier on in the day, Trump again blasted CNN over alleged spreading of "Fake News," sarcastically urging the broadcaster to rename its main slogan.
Fake News CNN made a vicious and purposeful mistake yesterday. They were caught red handed, just like lonely Brian Ross at ABC News (who should be immediately fired for his “mistake”). Watch to see if @CNN fires those responsible, or was it just gross incompetence?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 9 декабря 2017 г.
CNN’S slogan is CNN, THE MOST TRUSTED NAME IN NEWS. Everyone knows this is not true, that this could, in fact, be a fraud on the American Public. There are many outlets that are far more trusted than Fake News CNN. Their slogan should be CNN, THE LEAST TRUSTED NAME IN NEWS!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 9 декабря 2017 г.
Donald Trump along his son-in-law Jared Kushner has many times accused leading US media outlets of spreading fake news during the election campaign as well as after the presidential race was over.