The Washington Post’s Josh Dawsey wrote a report late Friday evening on President Donald Trump’s brief visits to a Florida hospital and sheriff’s office. Trump made the stops in response to the horrific mass shooting at a Parkland high school that took the lives of 17 people.
This morning, Dawsey’s colleague Philip Rucker tweeted out a link to the article, which he called “very nice,” and advised others to keep “reading to the end.”
— Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) February 17, 2018
Dawsey’s story ended with the following account:
At the end, Michael Leonard, the officer who found the gunman and handcuffed him, spent 15 seconds explaining his actions.
The president was not satisfied, so he elaborated for the officer:
“That was so modest; I would have told it much differently,” Trump said. “I would have said, without me, they never would have found him.”
Needless to say, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was not pleased. And she let Rucker know about it via Twitter.
Actually @PhilipRucker it’s not very nice, but it is very misleading. @POTUS spent private time w/ victims of the shooting & their families. Out of respect for them he didn’t bring media into their hospital rooms but don’t let the truth get in the way of your anti-Trump narrative https://t.co/APx9ZSbpEh
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) February 17, 2018
As you can see in the tweet above, Sanders claims that the article is “very misleading” and “not very nice.” Pushing back against Dawsey’s reporting that Trump didn’t spend much time with victims, she stated that the president had “private time” with victims and didn’t allow the media in the hospital rooms, adding “don’t let the truth get in the way of your anti-Trump narrative.”
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