Trump Dings ABC News for Running Kentucky Gun Range Footage in Syria Report

“They got caught using really gruesome FAKE footage,” POTUS tweets

President Trump called out ABC News on Twitter Monday night, just hours after the network corrected its use of a video it originally claimed showed bombing in Syria.

“A big scandal at @ABC News. They got caught using really gruesome FAKE footage of the Turks bombing in Syria,” Trump wrote. “A real disgrace. Tomorrow they will ask softball questions to Sleepy Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, like why did Ukraine & China pay you millions when you knew nothing? Payoff?”

Earlier in the day, ABC News corrected the use of the video, which had run on Sunday and Monday broadcasts and been identified as footage from overseas.

“CORRECTION: We’ve taken down video that aired on ‘World News Tonight’ Sunday and ‘Good Morning America’ this morning that appeared to be from the Syrian border immediately after questions were raised about its accuracy. ABC News regrets the error,” said the statement, posted to the Twitter account for “GMA.”

The video used by ABC News does not show Turkish forces moving into Syria and killing Kurds — although that is happening and the president is being heavily criticized for administrations decisions related to it. The video shows a military demonstration in Kentucky and was uploaded to YouTube in 2017.

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