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Trump Campaign Demands Correction From ABCs Jimmy Kimmel Over Long-Disproven Lie

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.

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President Donald Trump is joined by Vice President Mike Pence, second from left, national security adviser Robert OBrien, left; Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, second from right, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, right, on Oct. 26, 2019, in the Situation Room of the White House monitoring developments in the U.S. Special Operations forces raid that took out Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. (Shealah Craighead/White House via AP)

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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