Jon Karl of ABC News made the mistake of trying to play ‘gotcha’ with Trump this week.
Trump turned the tables on him and slammed ABC News for their recent screw-up, where they used footage of a Kentucky gun range for a report on fighting in Syria.
Trump rips ABC News reporter over network’s Syria screw-up
President Donald Trump called on ABC’s chief White House correspondent at Wednesday’s news conference and then proceeded to call out his network for a recent error covering Syria.
During the Q&A portion, Trump selected ABC’s Jonathan Karl, who asked the president about his decision to abandon Kurdish allies in Syria. “Even after all you have seen — ISIS prisoners freed, all the humanitarian disaster — you don’t have any regret for giving Erdogan the greenlight to invade?” Karl asked, referring to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey.
While Trump routinely lobs accusations of “fake news” at journalists, the president shot back on Wednesday with a specific screw-up that he recently described as a “big scandal” on Twitter.
“When you ask a question like that, it’s very deceptive, Jon,” Trump said. “It’s almost as deceptive as you showing all of the bombings taking place in Syria and it turned out the bombing you showed on television took place in Kentucky.”
ABC aired video on Sunday on “World News Tonight” and on Monday on “Good Morning America” that it said had appeared to show Turkish attacks on Syria’s border. The video was actually from a Kentucky gun range.
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— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) October 16, 2019
That had to sting.
Trump continued to berate Karl about ABC "getting your accounts correct … that really is fake news," but the reporter did not take the bait and kept asking about foreign policy and ISIS.
— Jeremy Barr (@jeremymbarr) October 16, 2019
ABC just got Trumped!
— Kelly Cascadden (@kelly_cascadden) October 16, 2019
They certainly did.