Newsweek reporter fired for ‘Trump tweets on Thanksgiving’ story — even though it was editor’s fault

by Editorial Team

A reporter was fired over her story that incorrectly claimed President Trump spent Thanksgiving golfing and tweeting — even though she says she was assigned the story in advance and told her editor that the president made an unannounced secret trip to Afghanistan.

Jessica Kwong was terminated by Newsweek after Trump and Donald Trump Jr. mocked the botched story on Twitter.

“The story has been corrected, and the journalist responsible has been terminated,” a Newsweek spokesperson told the Washington Examiner.

Kwong did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the snafu.

She told reporters that she filed the story as instructed by her editors on Wednesday, based on Trump’s expected activities for the holiday. The story was headlined “How Did Trump Spend Thanksgiving? Tweeting, Golfing and More.”[More Politics] Sen. Amy Klobuchar slams Trump’s Ukraine efforts as ‘global Watergate’ »

Kwong, who covers the Trump White House and the 2020 election, found out in the late afternoon along with other reporters that Trump had actually taken a secret trip to Afghanistan to visit U.S. troops.

She says she told her editor, who updated the story with the new information but still incorrectly kept the claim that he had been golfing or on social media.

Donald Trump Jr. joked that the inaccurate story shows that “Fake News gonna fake.” The president dissed Kwong’s bosses saying “I thought Newsweek was out of business?”

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