White House press secretary Sarah Sanders publicly called out a CNN producer for pushing fake news about President Donald Trump at the G-7 summit on Saturday. It was so bad that the producer deleted his tweet and issued an apology.
The CNN producer, Greg Hughes, responded critically to the below photo of President Trump holding negotiations with world leaders.
“Pretty clever visual messaging here from the White House — taking some kind of group signing event and framing it instead to show President Trump seemingly holding court,” Hughes tweeted.
Unable to stay silent on the issue, Sanders set the record straight.
“Dear @newsbyhughes @CNN, Congratulations! Once again you are wrong. There is no 'some kind of group signing' taking place. It was all negotiations. We were there. You were not. @Scavino45 tweet is 100% factual,” she tweeted. “Will you retract your 'clever' and completely inaccurate tweet?”
It wasn’t long before Hughes deleted his tweet and issued a full-throated apology.
“Earlier today, I tweeted a photo of leaders at the G-7 and mistakenly referred to it as a signing event. The White House says the images were taken during negotiations between the leaders,” he tweeted. “I was incorrect, have removed the previous tweet, and apologize.”
As usual, President Trump has been the talk of the news after he took a tough stance on tariffs at the G-7 summit. He has accused other nations of taking advantage of the United States and vowed to put an end to it.
"Why should I, as President of the United States, allow countries to continue to make Massive Trade Surpluses, as they have for decades, while our Farmers, Workers & Taxpayers have such a big and unfair price to pay? Not fair to the PEOPLE of America! $800 Billion Trade Deficit," Trump tweeted. "And add to that the fact that the U.S. pays close to the entire cost of NATO-protecting many of these same countries that rip us off on Trade (they pay only a fraction of the cost-and laugh!). The European Union had a $151 Billion Surplus-should pay much more for Military!"
The president added, "Germany pays 1% (slowly) of GDP towards NATO, while we pay 4% of a MUCH larger GDP. Does anybody believe that makes sense? We protect Europe (which is good) at great financial loss, and then get unfairly clobbered on Trade. Change is coming!"
Trump is definitely sticking to his "America first" strategy on the world stage.