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Reuters Editor Apologizes After Tweeting ‘Blood is on Your Hands, Mr. President’ Over Shooting

Reuters editor Rob Cox apologized yesterday after tweeting “Blood is on your hands, Mr. President” to Donald Trump after an Annapolis, MD newsroom was shot up by a gunman.

“This is what happens when @realDonaldTrump calls journalists the enemy of the people,” Cox wrote in a since-deleted tweet. “Blood is on your hands, Mr. President. Save your thoughts and prayers for your empty soul.”

Cox, who heads Breakingviews for Reuters, issued the following statement in four tweets apologizing for the remark made after five people were killed at the Capital Gazette on Thursday:

Reuters released the following statement in regards to Cox’s tweet, which suggests the editor could still face disciplinary action despite his apology:

“Earlier this evening, Reuters Breakingviews Editor Rob Cox tweeted about the shooting in Annapolis, Maryland. He has since deleted the tweet and apologized. Mr. Cox’s actions were inconsistent with the Thomson Reuters Trust Principles requiring journalists to maintain freedom from bias. We do not condone his behavior and will take appropriate action.”

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