It took a tweet from President Donald Trump and two days of ridicule online, but NBC News has finally corrected their claim that the president praised Confederate general Robert E. Lee as “incredible.”
In their initial tweet, which has not been deleted, NBC wrote, “WATCH: President Trump says ‘Robert E. Lee was a great general’ during Ohio rally, calling the Confederate leader ‘incredible.'”
The video tweet received high engagement:
WATCH: President Trump says "Robert E. Lee was a great general" during Ohio rally, calling the Confederate leader "incredible." pic.twitter.com/HhsLI1Mk05
— NBC News (@NBCNews) October 13, 2018
Trump called out NBC for the erroneous tweet, as he was actually describing U.S. general, and later president, Ulysses S. Grant, not the Confederate general.
NBC News has totally and purposely changed the point and meaning of my story about General Robert E Lee and General Ulysses Grant. Was actually a shoutout to warrior Grant and the great state in which he was born. As usual, dishonest reporting. Even mainstream media embarrassed!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 14, 2018
In full context, Trump said Lee was a great general when it came to battle tactics, and despite having a “drinking problem,” Grant was able to beat him and win the Civil War.
On Sunday, NBC News sent a correction, but have still kept the original tweet up.
“An earlier tweet misidentified the general President Trump described as ‘incredible’ at a rally in Ohio. It was Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, not Gen. Robert E. Lee. An attached video clip lacked the full context for Trump’s remark,” their tweet said.
CORRECTION: An earlier tweet misidentified the general President Trump described as "incredible" at a rally in Ohio. It was Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, not Gen. Robert E. Lee. An attached video clip lacked the full context for Trump's remark. Here is the full clip. pic.twitter.com/NZHj3Q2dHL
— NBC News (@NBCNews) October 14, 2018
Ever the active user, Trump thanked NBC.
“Thank you to NBC for the correction,” he wrote on Twitter.