White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders called out CNN producer Greg Hughes’ inaccurate statement on Twitter about President Donald Trump’s trip to the G-7 Summit, which has since been deleted.
Assistant to the president Dan Scavino, Jr. shared a photo of “negotiations” between Trump and other world leaders on Twitter on Saturday, which Hughes went on to attack.
— Dan Scavino Jr. (@Scavino45) June 9, 2018
“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 wrote in a since-deleted tweet, according to the Daily Caller.
Sanders, however, was quick to fire back at his statement:
“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. Will you retract your ‘clever’ and completely inaccurate tweet?”
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. Will you retract your “clever” and completely inaccurate tweet? https://t.co/iWhFfByiLn
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) June 9, 2018
It appears Hughes did retract his tweet, as it no longer appears on his account. He also apologized for the “incorrect” tweet.
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. I was incorrect, have removed the previous tweet, and apologize.
— Greg Hughes (@newsbyhughes) June 9, 2018
Another version of the photo, taken from a different angle, went viral over the weekend and shows Trump, arms folded, being stared down by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron.
— Steffen Seibert (@RegSprecher) June 9, 2018