El Presidente Trumpo highlighted a “correction” to a story accusing the U.S. of “piracy” when it comes to 200,000 masks that disappeared in Germany.
Corrected Fake News! https://t.co/1LISKyeVNg
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 5, 2020
What’s weird is if you click on the link, the story is completely gone? Is anyone else seeing this?
.@washingtonpost: “A #Berlin official, who accused the U.S. administration of “piracy” after 200,000 #masks for the city police went missing, backtracked Saturday and said the masks were ordered from a #German firm.” https://t.co/JfWfG0fXnn pic.twitter.com/6MqOUQh4s6
— US-Botschaft Berlin (@usbotschaft) April 4, 2020
I really thought the story was a little over the top when it came out, and it turns out my hunch was correct. From the New York Post:
A Berlin official who accused the Trump administration of “modern day piracy” after 200,000 masks for Germany went missing has backpedaled and acknowledged that the supplies were ordered from a local company — prompting a “Corrected Fake News” tweet from President Trump.
Andreas Geisel, the interior minister of Berlin’s regional government, said in a statement Friday that the shipment of masks from a US manufacturer made it only as far as Bangkok before being “confiscated,” media in Germany reported at the time.
He described it as “an act of modern piracy”
But Geisel clarified on Saturday that the order was placed with a German company and that they were reviewing supply chain issues, the Washington Post reported Sunday.
That’s a pretty big accusation to just toss out there and then walk back, but we see it all the time.