Newsweek Fires Reporter Jessica Kwong

Newsweek Fires Reporter Jessica Kwong

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Newsweek fires political reporter who claimed Donald Trump would be spending Thanksgiving ‘tweeting, golfing and more’ – before POTUS surprised US troops in Afghanistan

By Lauren Fruen For Dailymail.com00:17 EST 01 Dec 2019 , updated 02:41 EST 01 Dec 2019

  • Jessica Kwong published her article Thursday morning with the initial headline: ‘How is Trump spending Thanksgiving? Tweeting, golfing and more’
  • The president made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan to greet US troops 
  • Kwong claimed it has been an ‘honest mistake’ but Newsweek still fired her 
  • Don Jr. slammed her story as ‘fake news’ and said it wasn’t an ‘honest mistake’
  • Trump retweeted his son, writing: ‘I thought Newsweek was out of business?’
  • Her story’s headline was later updated to read: ‘How is Trump spending Thanksgiving? Tweeting, golfing — and surprising U.S. troops in Afghanistan’ 

Newsweek has fired the political reporter who claimed Donald Trump would be spending Thanksgiving ‘tweeting, golfing and more’ – before the president spent the day serving turkey dinners to US troops in Afghanistan

Jessica Kwong, who says she covers the Trump administration and family on her Twitter page, published her article Thursday morning with the initial headline: ‘How is Trump spending Thanksgiving? Tweeting, golfing and more.’

She was later forced to delete her original Twitter post, after the president made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan to greet US troops and meet with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to discuss reopening talks with the Taliban.

Kwong claimed it has been an ‘honest mistake’ after the president’s son Don Jr. slammed her coverage as ‘fake news’. She wrote: ‘Deleting this tweet because it was written before knowing about the president’s surprise visit to Afghanistan-an honest mistake. Story has already been updated, as shown in the screenshot.’

Her story’s headline was updated to read: ‘How is Trump spending Thanksgiving? Tweeting, golfing — and surprising U.S. troops in Afghanistan.’

A note at the end of the story read: ‘This story has been substantially updated and edited at 6:17 p.m. EST to reflect the president’s surprise trip to Afghanistan. Additional reporting by James Crowley.’

Kwong told The Washington Examiner she has been told to write about what Trump would be doing for Thanksgiving. When it was apparent he had made the trip to Afghanistan Kwong says she told her editor and a new article was written – but her original was not updated.