Donald Trump tweets people to sue ABC News for 'damages' over the 'bad reporting' that caused stock market to drop about Michael Flynn story
- Trump encouraged a class-action lawsuit against ABC News on Sunday over a retracted report made by Brian Ross that caused stocks to tumble Friday
- He tweeted: 'People who lost money when the Stock Market went down 350 points ...?should consider hiring a lawyer and suing ABC for the damages'
- Shortly after Ross delivered?the report, Wall Street's main indexes all fell by more than 1 per cent
- ?Hours later, ABC later clarified about Ross' mistake before issuing a full statement Saturday where they suspended him without pay for four weeks
President Donald Trump seemingly encouraged a class-action lawsuit against ABC News on Sunday over a retracted report made by Brian Ross about the Trump-Russia investigation that sent the stock market tumbling when it was published.??
'People who lost money when the Stock Market went down 350 points based on the False and Dishonest reporting of Brian Ross of @ABC News (he has been suspended), should consider hiring a lawyer and suing ABC for the damages this bad reporting has caused - many millions of dollars!', he tweeted Sunday morning.
Trump is referencing?the 'Special Report' delivered by Ross on ABC News Friday around 11am where he first cited a source claiming that a close associate of Flynn's was prepared to testify that Trump 'directed him to make contact with the Russians' during the course of the 2016 presidential race.
President Donald Trump (above) encouraged a class-action lawsuit against ABC News on Sunday over a retracted report made by Brian Ross about the Trump-Russia investigation that sent the stock market tumbling when it was published
Trump tweeted (above) that people who lost money when the stock market dipped should sue ABC News for damages over Ross' 'bad reporting'
Wall Street's main indexes all fell by more than 1 per cent shortly after the report.
But hours later, ABC News?issued a correction to Ross' reporting and said that the source clarified that Trump had assigned Flynn and a 'small circle of senior advisers' to find ways to improve relations with Russia and other hotspots during the presidential campaign.
'It was shortly after the election that President-elect Trump directed Flynn to contact Russian officials on topics that included working jointly against ISIS,' ABC News said.
On Saturday the news network clarified more on the matter in a statement.
'We deeply regret and apologize for the serious error we made yesterday,' it reads.
His tweet was in reference to the reporting that Brian Ross (left) did on Friday about Michael Flynn (right with Trump) pleading guilty to the lying to the FBI?
After Ross gave a 'Special Report' on ABC Friday morning,?Wall Street's main indexes all fell by more than 1 per cent shortly after
'As a result of our continued reporting over the next several hours ultimately we determined the information was wrong and we corrected the mistake on air and online.
'Effective immediately, Brian Ross will be suspended for four weeks without pay.'
The president and his son, Don Jr, quickly went on the attack against ABC News on Twitter after it ABC announced they suspend Ross over the inaccurate claim Saturday.
On Saturday, Trump tweeted a sarcastic congratulations to ABC News for suspending Ross, once more invoking 'fake news'
Ross' source actually told him that Trump told Flynn and others to figure out ways to help improve relations with Russia and other countries. Don Jr ripped into ABC News Saturday also
'Congratulations to ABC News for suspending Brian Ross for his horrendously inaccurate and dishonest report on the Russia, Russia, Russia Witch Hunt,' he wrote.
'More Networks and 'papers' should do the same with their Fake News!'
Don Jr tweeted: '@ABC retracts their misleading 'bombshell' and removes their tweet approximately 12 hours after they knew it to be false,' Trump Jr tweeted.
'I know it's rare for you guys to get more than 200 RTs so I guess you milk it when you can?!?! #fakenews'.
Since the incident, the network has been slammed by several journalists and former staffers for both the Obama administration and Bush administration.
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