Donald Trump interrupted his silence on Thursday about an MSNBC host who apologized after accusing him of hiring Russian oligarchs to borrow millions from Deutsche Bank. Lawrence D & Donnell withdrew the Tuesday night bomb report after the President's personal lawyer threatened to sue the network.
& # 39; Crazy Lawrence O & # 39; Donnell, who called me wrong before I announced my presidency career, even previously forced by NBC to apologize for what he did while he was crying for things he said about me and the student said, was once again forced to apologize, & # 39; Trump tweeted & # 39 ;, this time for the most ridiculous claim of all, that Russia, Russia, Russia or Russian oligarchs attached loan documents to me, a guarantee. & # 39;
& # 39; Totally untrue, like almost everything else he and many of the rest of the LameStream Media have said about me for years. ALL APOLOGIZE! & # 39; he added.
& # 39; LameStream media & # 39; is a piece about the expression & # 39; mainstream media & # 39 ;. The former Alaskan government, Sarah Palin, made it popular ten years ago as a candidate for vice president, as a shorthand for what she and other conservatives saw as unfair treatment by TV networks and established newspaper brands.
President son Eric said Wednesday evening that the Trump organization, where he is executive vice president, will take legal action & # 39; despite O & # 39; Donnell & # 39; s walk-back on television.
& # 39; This was a reckless attempt to defame our family and run a great business. Apologies are not enough if the true intention was solely to cause damage and harm, & # 39; Eric Trump wrote in a tweet.
& # 39; As a company, we will take legal action. This unethical behavior must stop, & he continued.
President Donald Trump, pictured on Sunday at the G7 summit in France, lashed out at Lawrence O'Donnell on Thursday after the MSNBC host had withdrawn a story alleging that he had enlisted the help of Russian billionaires to borrow money from Deutsche Bank
Trump tweeted Thursday that O & # 39; Donnell & # 39; s thin and inaccurate story is similar to & # 39; fraudulent & # 39; news coverage that he regularly receives from American political reporters
D & Donnell (right) surprised fellow host Rachel Maddow on Tuesday by reporting that Russian oligarchs had signed the loans from President Trump together with Deutsche Bank
From Thursday morning, O & # 39; Donnell had not deleted the tweet in which he first announced the news message that he would retire later.
During Wednesday's broadcast of his show & # 39; The Last Word & # 39 ;, he said last night's report & # 39; was not ready for reporting & # 39; and not & # 39; had completed the rigorous verification and standard process of his network & # 39 ;.
& # 39; If it had gone through that process, I should not have reported it, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; Tonight we pull back the story, & # 39; D & Donnell continued. & # 39; We do not know if the information is inaccurate, but we do know that it was not ready for broadcast. I apologize for that. & # 39;
On Thursday, the president claimed on Twitter that the mistake of the liberal MSNBC host is comparable to a long series of mistakes that he made during his tenure and at the White House.
& # 39; The completely inaccurate report by Lawrence O & Donnell, for which he was forced by the NBC to apologize, is NOT DIFFERENT than the dreadful, corrupt and fraudulent Fake News that I (and many millions of BIG supporters) had to endure for years. So bad for the US! & # 39; He wrote.
O & # 39; Donnell teased his news-shocker Tuesday night at the end of Rachel Maddow's programming hour, and inspired a flood of anti-Trump tweets with the hashtag #RussianCosigners – which quickly rose to # 2 on Twitter's trending chart in the United States .
Eric Trump accused O & Donnell of his withdrawn claim that Russian oligarchs co-signed the real estate loans of President Donald Trump and said that the Trump organization & # 39; legal action & # 39; would undertake
The son of the president, the executive vice president of the Trump organization, said it & # 39; unethical behavior & # 39; MSNBC would have real consequences
Despite the apology and withdrawal from D & Donnell, this tweet – which started the entire episode – was still on its timeline from Thursday morning
He claimed that a single source had told him information that transcends & # 39; a few very important steps & # 39; information that was publicly available about Trump's credit history with the German bank.
& # 39; The source says that Deutsche Bank is in possession of loan documents proving that Donald Trump has obtained loans with co-signatories and that he would not have been able to obtain these loans without co-signatories & # 39 ;, said O & # 39 Donnell. & # 39; The source close to Deutsche Bank says that the co-signatories of Donald Trump's Deutsche Bank loans are Russian billionaires near Vladimir Putin. & # 39;
O & # 39; Donnell threw that apparent blockbuster into a political light after Maddow gasped & # 39; What? Really? & # 39;
& # 39; If it is true, & # 39; he said, & that would explain any kind word that Donald Trump ever said about Russia and Vladimir Putin. & # 39;
& # 39; If that's true, that would be an important factor in Vladimir Putin's publicly expressed preference for presidential candidate Donald Trump over presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, & # 39; O & # 39; added Donnell.
The host of & # 39; The Last Word & # 39; teased his revelation with a tweet that quickly went viral. But he was covering up at the end of his hour-long program.
& # 39; Now I want to emphasize, that is a single source, & # 39; he said. & # 39; This has not been confirmed by NBC News. I have not seen any Deutsche Bank documentation that supports this and verifies this. This is just a single source that revealed to me. And that is where it stands at this point. It will need much more verification before that can be a verifiable fact. & # 39;
MSNBC & # 39; Morning Joe & # 39; producers were under pressure early Wednesday morning to confirm or refute the story of O & # 39; Donnell. Almost two hours after the broadcast, booking producer Michael Del Moro acknowledged on Twitter that the only source had not seen any papers.
& # 39; Deutsche Bank declines to comment on Lawrence O & # 39; Donnell & # 39; s report that the Russian oligarch & # 39; s (sic) have co-signed the Trump loans & # 39 ;, Del Moro wrote.
& # 39; The information came from a single source that did not see the bank details. NBC has not seen this data and has not yet been able to verify the report. & # 39;
Trump & # 39; s eldest son Don Jr. tweeted an accusation that O & # 39; Donnell completely made up the story & # 39; & # 39;
Donald Trump Jr. tweeted sarcastically that the network's inability to confirm O & # 39; Donnell & # 39; s report is likely because he completely invented it & # 39 ;.
Trump & # 39; s lawyer, Charles Harder, wrote to MSNBC executives on Wednesday and complained about & # 39; false and defamatory statements & # 39 ;.
Harder wrote that there are no co-signers of Trump's loans to Deutsche Bank.
& # 39; The only borrowers under these loans are Trump entities, and Mr. Trump is the only guarantor, & # 39; he explained. & # 39; Numerous documents for each of these loans are also recorded, publicly available and searchable online. & # 39;
& # 39; For example, true malice can be easily proven on the basis of your reckless disregard for the truth and unreasonable dependence on an alleged & # 39; source & # 39; that you will not even identify in your story and that you and the public are probably trying to mislead for political reasons or other ulterior motives. & # 39;
& # 39; Actual Malice & # 39; is a legal norm that applies to public figures who want to claim that they have committed defamation or defamation. It requires proof that a suspect was reckless and published a lie despite knowing, or expecting, that it was false.
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