Trump tweets disdain for MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell following retraction of unverified...

Trump tweets disdain for MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell following retraction of unverified report

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Trump speaks to reporters as he departs White House for Indiana, (Photo ©2019 Doug Christian/TMN)
President Donald Trump speaks to reporters outside the White House. (File photo ©2019 Doug Christian/TMN)

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump tweeted disdain for MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell Thursday morning after the network retracted a report O’Donnell ran that contained unverified information about Trump’s finances.

The report aired Tuesday night on Donnell’s primetime show, “The Last Word.”

O’Donnell tweeted about the report prior to the show.

The report alleged that Russian oligarchs had co-signed some of Trump’s Deutsche Bank loan documents. The reported was based on a single source, O’Donnell said.

O’Donnell apologized in tweet on Wednesday afternoon. He reiterated the apology during his broadcast that night.

“Last night on this show, I discussed information that wasn’t ready for reporting,” O’Donnell said. “I repeated statements a single source told me about the president’s finances and loan documents with Deutsche Bank; saying ‘if true’ — as I discussed the information — was simply not good enough. I did not go through the rigorous verification and standards process here at MSNBC before repeating what I heard from my source. Had it gone through that process, I would not have been permitted to report it. I should not have said it on-air or post it on Twitter. I was wrong to do so.”

Lawrence O’Donnell (Er-nay/Wikimedia Commons)

O’Donnell told viewers that attorneys for the president sent the network a letter on Wednesday in which they insisted that the report be retracted with an apology.

Fox News obtained a copy of the letter, which was written by White House Counsel Charles Harder.

“Demand is hereby made that Mr. O’Donnell and NBCU [NBC Universal] immediately and prominently retract, correct and apologize for the aforementioned false and defamatory statements,” he wrote.

Harder hinted that legal action would follow if the network did not acquiesce.

“Failure to do so will leave my clients with no alternative but to consider their legal options which could include immediate legal proceedings against Mr. O’Donnell and NBCU.”

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