Trump blasts Time for MLK report: 'They're saying I'm a racist'

Trump blasts Time for MLK report: 'They're saying I'm a racist'
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President Trump slammed Time magazine on Thursday for erroneously reporting that he had removed a bust of Martin Luther King Jr. from the Oval Office, calling it a "serious charge" that implied he is racist.

Trump was referring to a pool report by Time's Zeke Miller that had stated the president removed the MLK bust shortly after entering the Oval Office on Friday. Miller later retracted the report, stating that a Secret Service agent had obstructed his view of the item.

"They're not saying the bust is taken out. What they're saying is I'm a racist. That's what they're saying. That's a very serious charge," Trump said in an interview with Fox's Sean Hannity.

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Time managing editor Nancy Gibbs defended her reporter in a note to readers, stating that Miller had corrected the error and apologized to the president personally for the mistake.

"The President and White House aides have cited this mistake as an example of “deliberately false reporting," wrote Gibbs. "It was no such thing. We regret that the error occurred, and believe it is important to share some detail about how it happened." 

Time has at times been critical of Trump since he announced his presidential candidacy, culminating last August and October when the magazine ran two cover stories of candidate Trump in "Meltdown" and "Total Meltdown" mode. 

Yet Trump was also named Time Person of the Year in December. He called the award "a tremendous honor."

Hannity's interview with Trump airs Thursday on Fox News at 10 p.m.