Melania Trump gets apology and compensation from a paper that posted nasty rumors about her dad
The Telegraph newspaper apologized to Melania Trump after they made false statements regarding her father.
The popular news outlet published a cover story on January 19. In it, they posted information drawn from a tell-all book written by Nina Burleigh.
Burleigh is an American author who wrote the book "The Mystery of Melania." However, Melania only hit the newspaper with legal action for posting information from her book, not Burleigh.
On the website, Telegraph wrote an apology in which they stated that a "number of false statements [...] should not have been published."
The Telegraph agrees to pay U.S. First Lady Melania Trump “substantial” damages over magazine cover story https://t.co/z0NNFD5YPA— Bloomberg (@business) January 28, 2019
The original false story was focused on Melania's father who was described as "a fearsome presence." They retracted this statement.
The outlet also withdrew the claim that Melania was struggling as a model before meeting Trump and that she was helped by the president to be successful in her career.
The apology asserted that Melania got to where she was through her own talents. They further corrected the error that Trump and Melania had met in 1996 when it was actually in 1998.
Another inaccurate statement was that Melania cried on election night. The Telegraph said this is "false."
"We apologise unreservedly to The First Lady and her family for any embarrassment caused by our publication of these allegations. As a mark of our regret we have agreed to pay Mrs. Trump substantial damages as well as her legal costs."
Meanwhile, Burleigh is not backing down on her book's material. She spoke to the Daily Beast about the matter.
"The book has been out since October, and excerpted widely in various U.S. publications without a peep of objection."
In a tweet, she also insisted that her words were truthful, saying:
"ICYMI, a British paper has apologized for some accurate reporting in my book, including facts reported elsewhere by others. I haven't been asked for money, but I'd donate to a Trump hush money slush fund before apologizing to the family's pet sharks for writing true things."
Melania's communications director spoke on behalf of the first lady in a statement to CNN which read:
“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.”
Thank you to Brit. This is a very big deal in Europe. Fake News is the Enemy of the People! https://t.co/WX0o8gaiMC— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 27, 2019
Donald also gave his input on the matter. He reposted a tweet which supported him and his wife which 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 then added his own input:
"Thank you to Brit. This is a very big deal in Europe. Fake News is the Enemy of the People!"
Donald and Melania recently celebrated the 2nd anniversary of Donald's presidency. The first lady expressed her excitement in a Twitter post, as did Donald.
Honored to serve as @POTUS Trump’s Vice President these past two years, working to deliver historic results for the American people - an economic boom, rolling back red tape, rebuilding our military & restoring American leadership on the world stage. PROMISES MADE, PROMISES KEPT! pic.twitter.com/VfkD9znzLO— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) January 20, 2019
The latter praised his wife for the occasion with a tweet that read:
"A truly great First Lady who doesn't get the credit she deserves!"
Vice President Mike Pence also shared a remembrance of the occasion with a tweet of his own. He said he was honored to serve as VP for two years to deliver "historical results for the American people."