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Newsweek busted in pathetic smear of Melania Trump; ‘grossly misleading headline to the world’ is unacceptable

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It takes a real kind of low to go after the First Lady.

Newsweek faced criticism over a Tuesday tweet that seemingly misrepresented Melania Trump’s decision to remove the historic Jackson Magnolia that’s been in place behind the White House since the 1800s.

(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik).

A White House official told CNN that the First Lady gave the order after consulting with specialists at the US National Arboretum, who said the tree is “compromised” and must be taken down quickly.

A document presented to Mrs. Trump indicated that the tree is a safety hazard.

“The overall architecture and structure of the tree is greatly compromised and the tree is completely dependent on the artificial support. Without the extensive cabling system, the tree would have fallen years ago.

“Presently, and very concerning, the cabling system is failing on the east trunk, as a cable has pulled through the very thin layer of wood that remains. It is difficult to predict when and how many more will fail.”

(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster).

The magnolia was planted in 1829 under US President Andrew Jackson as a memorial to his deceased wife. It even appeared on the $20 bill from 1928-1998. Mrs. Trump will honor the tree by having its wood preserved.

The Newsweek tweet failed to note the safety considerations or expert opinions that informed the First Lady’s decision, giving the impression she decided to remove a centuries-old historical tree on a whim.

This led to many on Twitter blasting Newsweek for allegedly spreading “fake news.”


Some Twitter users used the hashtag #TreeGate to describe Newsweek’s tweet.


In an age when “fake news” is heavily scrutinized, outlets should know misleading tweets about the First Lady aren’t going to fly by unnoticed.


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