Accuracy in Media

President Trump called out Politico for publishing a fake news article about his visit to Mt. Vernon, the home of former president George Washington.

“A Fake Story by Politico. Made up sources. Thank you Mount Vernon!,” Trump tweeted Friday.

Trump was replying to a tweet from’s Matt Vespa, who tweeted, “BUSTED: Mount Vernon Debunks Politico’s Fake News Story About Trump’s Visit To Washington’s Estate.”

According to the false reporting by Politico, “During a guided tour of Mount Vernon last April with French president Emmanuel Macron, Trump learned that Washington was one of the major real-estate speculators of his era. So, he couldn’t understand why America’s first president didn’t name his historic Virginia compound or any of the other property he acquired after himself.

‘If he was smart, he would’ve put his name on it,’ Trump said, according to three sources briefed on the exchange. ‘You’ve got to put your name on stuff or no one remembers you.’”

“Yeah, if there’s one thing that we know about anonymous sources in the anti-Trump resistance era is that they’re usually wrong,” Vespa wrote in his article. “And Mount Vernon made that clear in a statement released today:

‘Mount Vernon has a firm, long-standing policy of not commenting on the details of high-profile visits to the home of George Washington. However, we believe in the importance of ensuring that reports about events that take place at Mount Vernon are accurate. As such, we are concerned that the third-party accounts of the Trump-Macron visit released by several media outlets today do not correctly reflect the events that transpired nearly a year ago.

Mount Vernon president Doug Bradburn and Regent Sarah Coulson escorted the presidents and first ladies on a tour of the Mansion on April 23, 2018.  During the tour, all parties were interested and engaged in the story of George Washington and his beloved home. Conversations touched on topics like business dealings, real estate, and related matters that were of relevance and interest to the touring parties, and questions were asked by both leaders with curiosity and respect. Comments pulled from sources who were not present for the tour do not properly convey the tone and context in which they were delivered.’”

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