NYT Reporter Spreads Misleading Quote Implying Trump Never Read Executive Order

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• April 26, 2017 10:04 am


The New York Times White House correspondent tweeted an out-of-context quote from President Donald Trump on Tuesday that made it appear the president had not read an executive order he was signing.

Peter Baker tweeted that Trump said during the signing of an executive order to create an agriculture task force, "There's a lot of words. I won't bother reading everything."

The tweet went viral, racking up more than 5,000 retweets and countless reactions.

The story got even further reach after liberal site PoliticsUSA ran with it.

But Baker's tweet took Trump out of context. Trump actually read off the long title of the executive order at the press conference, and then joked that he wasn't going to read the entire thing out loud.

Baker later deleted the tweet and explained in a tweet seven hours later what Trump actually meant.