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NBC News issued a rare correction via Twitter on Sunday after President Trump called out the network earlier for “purposely” changing the point and meaning of his comments about Gen. Robert E. Lee and Gen. Ulysses S. Grant.

“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,” NBC tweeted.

The correction was in reference to an earlier tweet by the network on Friday during a Trump rally in Lebanon, Ohio, for Congressional  Republicans at which he mentioned the Ohio-born Grant.

“WATCH: President Trump says ‘Robert E. Lee was a great general’ during Ohio rally, calling the Confederate leader ‘incredible,’” read the tweet.

Trump responded Sunday in a tweet saying his remarks were really a “shoutout” to Grant.

“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!”

Trump called Lee a great general who was driving Abraham Lincoln crazy until he brought in Grant to lead the Union troops.

“He went in, and he knocked the hell out of everyone,” Trump said. “And you know the story. They said to Lincoln, ‘You can’t use him anymore. He’s an alcoholic.’ And Lincoln said, ‘I don’t care if he’s an alcoholic. Frankly, give me six or seven more just like him.”

“Grant figured it out, and Grant is a great general, and Grant came from right here,” he concluded.


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