Former President Donald Trump said on Monday, March 15, that he appreciated the Washington Post correction after the newspaper added a lengthy correction to a fake report smearing him with its anonymous sources.
“The Washington Post just issued a correction as to the contents of the incorrectly reported phone call I had with respect to voter fraud in the Great State of Georgia,” Trump said in a statement issued through the Save America PAC.
“While I appreciate the Washington Post’s correction, which immediately makes the Georgia Witch Hunt a non-story, the original story was a Hoax, right from the very beginning,” he said.
The Post last Thursday, March 11, added a nearly 130-word correction to a bombshell article from January, which falsely reported that then-President Trump phoned Georgia’s top election investigator and asked the official to “find the fraud” and that she would be a “national hero” if she did so.
“Two months after publication of this story, the Georgia secretary of state released an audio recording of President Donald Trump’s December phone call with the state’s top elections investigator. The recording revealed that The Post misquoted Trump’s comments on the call, based on information provided by a source,” the Post wrote in the correction published atop the article.
“Trump did not tell the investigator to ‘find the fraud’ or say she would be ‘a national hero’ if she did so. Instead, Trump urged the investigator to scrutinize ballots in Fulton County, Ga., asserting she would find ‘dishonesty’ there. He also told her that she had ‘the most important job in the country right now,” the correction continued.
The newspaper added that the article’s headline and text had been corrected to remove quotes misattributed to Trump.
The Post’s correction came one day after The Wall Street Journal reported it obtained the audio recording of the late December call between Trump and Frances Watson—the chief investigator of the Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s office.
“When the right answer comes out, you’ll be praised,” Trump told Watson. Then she responded, “I can assure you that our team and the [Georgia Bureau of Investigation], that we are only interested in the truth and finding the information that is based on the facts.”
The Post reported on the call in January, but this is the first time the recording has been released.
In his statement, Trump also said that he would appreciate a strong investigation into Fulton County and the Stacey Abrams political machine that he believed would change Georgia’s presidential election.
Trump said that Fulton County had not been correctly audited for vote or signature verification. Simultaneously, the Consent Decree signed between Raffensperger and Abrams was not approved by the state legislature and should be deemed invalid.