The New York Times deleted what they called a “poorly worded” tweet on Tuesday that suggested the current first family might be “the American Answer to British royalty.”
“We have deleted an earlier tweet to this article that was poorly worded and did not properly reflect the story,” the paper said in an update Tuesday evening.
“The Kennedys have long occupied the American political culture as the unofficial royal family. But on President Trump’s visit to Britain, a different opportunity seemed to present itself: his family as the American answer to British royalty,” the original tweet read.
The post was introducing a piece from the Times by Maggie Haberman and Katie Rogers highlighting how the president’s family — including his four adult children — had all accompanied him to the the United Kingdom and Buckingham Palace this week and increasingly saw themselves as American royalty.
“Whether they had official roles in the visit or not, the extended Trump family seemed to materialize in London overnight,” they wrote. “Monday’s lavish audience with the British royals was the culmination of more than a month of planning by White House officials who have grown accustomed to accommodating President Trump’s children.”
Though the Times called their original tweet “poorly worded,” its text came almost verbatim from a passage within the Times story.
“The Kennedys have long occupied the American political culture as the unofficial royal family, but this week, the Trumps appeared to present themselves as the 2019 version,” wrote Haberman and Rogers.