President Donald Trumps campaign demanded a correction from ABC late night host Jimmy Kimmel after he repeated a conspiracy theory started by former President Barack Obama photographer Pete Souza.
Souza suggested a photograph of Trump and military leaders taken during a raid of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadis compound was staged. His conspiracy theory, which included incorrect information, was shared by a number of reporters over the weekend.
Kimmel repeated the theory during his show late Oct. 28.
“They got him [al-Baghdadi] during a raid in Syria,” Kimmel said. “Now, President Trump was reportedly golfing when they went in. The raid started at 3:30 p.m. According to his schedule, Trump was playing golf at his course in northern Virginia Saturday until a little after 3. Didnt make it back to the White House until 4:18.”
Kimmel didnt name the source, but the person who appeared to start the theory was Souza.
Tim Murtaugh, director of communications for Trumps 2020 campaign, shared a screenshot of a timeline posted by The Washington Post that said Trump was in the Situation Room at around 5 p.m. At around the same time, eight helicopters left Iraq to al-Baghdadis compound, arriving about an hour later.
The photograph was taken at 5:06 p.m., according to metadata on the Situation Room photograph.
“Trying for a cheap laugh, @JimmyKimmelLive last night repeated the long-disproven lie that the president was golfing during the al-Baghdadi raid—a Twitter lie pushed by Obama photographer @PeteSouza. Real timeline was out way before Kimmels show,” Murtaugh wrote.
“He should retract and correct.”
Trying for a cheap laugh, @JimmyKimmelLive last night repeated the long-disproven lie that the President was golfing during the al-Baghdadi raid – a Twitter lie pushed by Obama photographer @PeteSouza.
Real timeline was out way before Kimmels show. He should retract & correct. pic.twitter.com/Aa7pPlASfW
— Tim Murtaugh (@TimMurtaugh) October 29, 2019
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