Trump Slams ABC News Reporter: 'The Bombing That You Showed On TV Took Place in Kentucky!'

Chris Menahan
Oct. 16, 2019

President Donald Trump took ABC News reporter Jonathan Karl to task during a press conference Wednesday for his network airing footage from a Kentucky gun range that they falsely claimed was "Turkey's military bombing Kurd civilians" after being "abandon[ed]" by Trump.

From Fox News:
ABC News chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl asked the president if he regrets giving Turkish Recep Tayyip President Erdogan the “green light” to attack in Syria.

“I didn’t give him the green light… when you ask a question like that, it’s very deceptive, Jon, it’s almost as deceptive as you showing all of the bombings taking place in Syria and it turned out the bombing that you showed on television took place in Kentucky,” Trump fired back.

ABC aired footage on “World News Tonight” and “Good Morning America” that the network obtained from a source on Sunday night and Monday morning. ABC News framed it as battlefield video, when, in fact, it appears to be from a night gun demonstration at the Knob Creek Gun Range in West Point, Kentucky.

The footage first aired on Sunday's "World News Tonight" as anchor Tom Llamas claimed it showed a Turkish attack on a group of Kurdish civilians in a Syrian border town. The chyron beneath the video read: "CRISIS IN SYRIA. ISIS prisoners escape as death toll rises in attack."

Trump told Karl that he wasn’t sure if ABC had apologized for the gaffe, calling it a “terrible thing.”

“It was in Kentucky, it wasn’t in Syria, so I don’t know what you’re going to do about that,” Trump said. “I think ABC owes an apology.”
ABC News has refused to issue an on-air correction to their propaganda report for over three days, choosing instead to send out two tweets none of their network-television-watching viewers will likely even see. Trump blowing up their spot by calling this ABC propagandist out to his face is absolutely epic.

Trump also called ABC News out Monday on Twitter:

UPDATE: President Trump tweeted out a video on Wednesday night showing ABC News aired the fake footage five separate times:

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