Newsweek fires journalist who reported Trump was golfing for Thanksgiving before he secretly travelled to Afghanistan

The error was seized upon by Team Trump

Dave Maclean
New York
Sunday 01 December 2019 15:24

A Newsweek reporter who wrote that Donald Trump would spend Thanksgiving ‘tweeting, golfing, and more’ - hours before he touched down in a surprise visit to US troops in Afghanistan - has been fired.

The visit was kept highly secret for the president’s safety, and his public schedule said he would be at his Mar-a-Lago hotel in Florida on the holiday, where he would make calls to selected military members.

That led to an article being published in Newsweek based on apparent speculation, saying Mr Trump would likely spend the day on the golf course, and firing out missives on Twitter.

The error was quickly seized upon by Donald Trump Jr who posted a screenshot of the article with the caption: “Fake news gonna fake!”.

His father retweeted it shortly afterwards, commenting: “I thought Newsweek was out of business?”

The story was later updated, with the news organisation adding a note of their edits at the end of the article. The reporter, Jessica Kwong, has since had her employment terminated.

It's understood that several editors played a part in the publishing process, but so far it is unclear if they too have been disciplined or dismissed.

The Washington Examiner quoted a Newsweek spokesman who said: "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.”

The Independent has contacted Newsweek for more information.

Ms Kwong posted shortly after the correction was made: “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.”

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