Donald Trump comments on a false story about Melania: ‘Fake news is the enemy of the people’

Junie Sihlangu
Jan 28, 2019
08:30 A.M.
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This month, an article titled "The mystery of Melania," was released by “The Telegraph" newspaper. However, not everything in the story was factual.


The newspaper has since released an apology for the story. President Donald Trump recently spoke up about the controversial piece.

American authoress Nina Burleigh's article in the magazine section of “The Telegraph” newspaper caused controversy. Her news piece about First Lady Melania Trump proved to not be completely factual.


On Friday, the newspaper offered an apology stating:

"We apologise unreservedly to The First Lady and her family for any embarrassment caused by our publication of these allegations.”


They even agreed to pay the first lady a "substantial damages as well as her legal costs." In a statement, Stephanie Grisham, Melania's communications director said:

"Mrs. Trump often refers to opportunists out to advance themselves by disparaging her name and image. She will not sit by as people and media outlets make up lies and false assertions in a race for ratings or to sell tabloid headlines."


Burleigh got a number of things incorrect in the article. She described Melania’s father, Viktor Knavs, as a menacing figure. The newspaper retracted the statement saying, "Mrs. Trump's father was not a fearsome presence and did not control the family.”


Wanting to promote his idea of “fake news” President Donald Trump replied to a tweet from Brit Hume. The tweet read, "One wonders how so many falsehoods could be crammed into a single article. Proof, if any were needed, that bias makes journalists reckless."


The president responded by writing, "Thank you to Brit. This is a very big deal in Europe. Fake News is the Enemy of the People!" The article also gave false reasons as to why Melania left an architecture program and it claimed her career as a model was unsuccessful before she met Donald.


In its apology, “The Telegraph” wrote:

"Mrs. Trump was not struggling in her modeling career before she met Mr. Trump, and she did not advance in her career due to the assistance of Mr. Trump.”

Another news broadcaster was criticized by the president this weekend. Donald shared his displeasure of with reporters John Roberts and Gillian Turner from “Fox News” for their coverage of the border wall and the recent partial government shutdown.

The president alleged that the two had “less understanding” than “fake news” reporters from other media organizations.