During a mid-afternoon news hit on Monday, a Minnesota Public Radio host tried to inform listeners about President Trump’s response to the deadly Amtrak train derailment south of Seattle.
“President Trump saying today he is offering his thoughts and prayers for those involved in a derailment in Washington state,” the MPR host said. “The president thanked the first responders at the scene and said the White House is monitoring the situation. His thoughts came in a tweet Monday about the derailment that officials say killed at least six people.”
But there’s just one problem – Trump’s response was nowhere near as measured and “Presidential” as MPR would have its listeners believe. At 1:41 p.m. Eastern Time, Trump tweeted that the derailment “Shows more than ever why our soon to be submitted infrastructure plan must be approved quickly. Seven trillion dollars spent in the Middle East while our roads, bridges, tunnels, railways crumble! Not for long!”
The train accident that just occurred in DuPont, WA shows more than ever why our soon to be submitted infrastructure plan must be approved quickly.
But MPR didn’t inform its listeners about these aspects of Trump’s response.
The disconnect between MPR’s coverage and Trump’s actual response to the derailment was detailed in a Twitter thread by David M. Perry, a columnist at Pacific Standard.Join The Conversation