NBC News’ Kelly O’Donnell and CNN’s April Ryan both falsely reported that President Trump did not offer an Air Force plane to President-elect Biden to arrive in D.C. for his inauguration. Biden instead, chose to charter a private plane with a generic paint job. CNN’s Jake Tapper, O’Donnell, and Ryan labeled Trump as childish and petty for not doing so, but it was Biden who made that choice.
O’Donnell tweeted: “Arriving on a private charter aircraft with a generic paint job instead of the customary use of an Air Force plane for an incoming president is among the many courtesies not extended to the new president by the departing one.” The tweet is still posted and has not been deleted.
April Ryan took to a similar tactic: “The Bidens have landed at Joint Base Andrew’s and being welcomed! What is striking how Donald Trump is in his feelings. He did not offer a military plane for the Biden’s to fly to DC as traditionally done by the outgoing president!” Again, the tweet is still up and not corrected.
Ironically, it was CNN’s Jim Acosta who issued a correction on the charge via Twitter: “WH official said Biden team did not ask for a government plane to bring PEOTUS to DC. The official said the administration explained to the Biden team what the options were. But aides to Biden explained they preferred to fly on private aircraft, the official added.”
Media outlets such as TMZ and The Daily Mail ran with the fake story and gleefully pointed out how petty Trump is. Except he’s not.
TMZ reports: “Donald Trump’s pettiness apparently knows no bounds because Joe Biden isn’t getting what Trump himself got … a government aircraft taking him to D.C. for his inauguration.”
The Daily Mail jumped in too and even their title was cringeworthy: “How petty can you get? Biden and family arrive in DC on a charter plane after Trump REFUSES them government jet – as Joe cries during a heartrending speech about son Beau.”
Their reporting was just as bad: “Donald Trump delivered Joe Biden one more snub Tuesday, forcing him to charter his own plane to fly from Delaware to Washington D.C. instead of authorizing an Air Force jet.”
“The president-elect flew the short hop from his home state, after a tear-stained speech eulogizing his dead son Beau, on a private Boeing 737 – then as he landed at Joint Base Andrews taxied past an idle Air Force Boeing 757 on the tarmac.”
“The snub was the latest in Trump’s defiant refusal to acknowledge his successor. In contrast, the Obama administration sent an Air Force plane to New York for the Trumps in January 2017.”
WH official said Biden team did not ask for a government plane to bring PEOTUS to DC. The official said the administration explained to the Biden team what the options were. But aides to Biden explained they preferred to fly on private aircraft, the official added.
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) January 19, 2021
Jake Tapper claimed the Trump administration did not roll out the welcome mat for incoming President-elect Joe Biden via the Air Force plane. That was false as well. Although online, CNN would report the following:
“Biden flew today on a private aircraft, yet another change in protocol on the eve of his inauguration.”
“A person familiar with the matter confirmed to CNN that Biden was not taking a US government plane to Joint Base Andrews for the first stop of his inauguration festivities.”
“A second source familiar with the matter said the government did not offer the Bidens a plane but did not have details.”
“A White House official, meanwhile, said the Biden team did not ask for a government plane to bring Biden to DC. The official said the administration explained to the Biden team what the options were. But aides to Biden explained they preferred to fly on private aircraft, the official added.”
Once again, reporting fake news and using unnamed sources is considered journalism.
Celebrities such as Tim Matheson chimed in spreading the fake news even further after buying into the false narrative from April Ryan: “Low class from start to finish. Jealousy and deceit plus those little hands.”
The Bidens have landed at Joint Base Andrew’s and being welcomed! What is striking how Donald Trump is in his feelings. He did not offer a military plane for the Biden’s to fly to DC as traditionally done by the outgoing president!
— AprilDRyan (@AprilDRyan) January 19, 2021
And White House historian Michael Beschloss also posted the lie: “President-elect Biden flying to DC today on private plane says @jeffzeleny. Did Trump refuse to have Biden flown to the Capital on an Air Force plane, as has been done with every other President-elect of modern times?”
This is one more incidence of false talking points gone wild and one more piece of fake news thrown Trump’s way as he exits the White House.
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