So, how was President Donald Trump planning to spend his Thanksgiving?
Well, according to Newsweek’s initial account, he was going to be busy “tweeting, golfing and more” — but no mention of the president’s unannounced trip to Afghanistan. As you can see, Trump’s son wasn’t too pleased with the story:
Fake news gonna fake! pic.twitter.com/ykmlenbFLi
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr)
And the omission reportedly cost one reporter her job.
“Newsweek investigated the failures that led to the publication of the inaccurate report that President Trump spent Thanksgiving tweeting and golfing rather than visiting troops in Afghanistan,” the publication told the New York Post. “The story has been corrected and the journalist responsible has been terminated. We will continue to review our processes and, if required, take further action.”
The reporter, Jessica Kwong, explained her side on Twitter:
Trump headed to Afghanistan to surprise U.S. troops on Thanksgiving https://t.co/f7Xeqz1ZGQ Deleting this tweet because it was written before knowing about the president’s surprise visit to Afghanistan-an honest mistake. Story has already been updated, as shown in the screenshot. pic.twitter.com/g9CfPaV2kQ
— Jessica Kwong (@JessicaGKwong)
As for Trump’s overseas visit, he arrived at Bagram Air Field shortly after 8:30 p.m. local time on Thursday and served turkey to the troops.
“There is nowhere I’d rather celebrate this Thanksgiving than right here with the toughest, strongest, best and bravest warriors on the face of the earth,” the president said, before leaving just after midnight.
Trump also met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and announced that peace talks between the U.S. and Taliban, which broke off in September, are back on — this was reportedly news to the Taliban and the Afghan government.