Trump blames 'dishonest media' for tweet controversy

Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpThis week: House kicks off public phase of impeachment inquiry Impeachment week: Trump probe hits crucial point Judd Gregg: The big, big and bigger problem MORE is blaming “dishonest media” for the controversy over a weekend tweet that critics said used anti-Semitic imagery.

Trump said in a tweet early Monday that news outlets are portraying a “Sheriff’s Star” or a “plain star” as the Star of David.


Trump's new tweet comes after he sparked a wave of backlash Saturday for tweeting an image accusing Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham Clinton3 ways government can help clean up Twitter Intelligence Democrat: Stop using 'quid pro quo' to describe Trump allegations The Memo: Bloomberg's 2020 moves draw ire from Democrats MORE of being "corrupt" with a six-pointed star, a symbol that appears on the Israeli flag and is commonly associated with Judaism. The image was reportedly created by white supremacists.

He deleted it hours later and replaced the star with a circle, but that has done little to stem the flow of criticism targeting the GOP's presumptive nominee.

The Anti-Defamation League called on Trump to denounce anti-Semitism. Jonathan Greenblatt, the organization's CEO and national director, said it's "concerning" that Trump "hasn't spoken our forcefully against these people."

"For those people who say that you can write this off, and that calling it out is simply political correctness, it's crazy," Greenblatt said.

But current and former Trump aides have come to his defense, suggesting the media should move on.

Ed Brookover, a senior advisor, told CNN's "New Day" on Monday that the tweet wasn't intended to be anti-Semitic. “We corrected it. There was never any intention of any anti-Semitism,” he added. “Mr. Trump has consistently and loudly denounced the white supremacist groups."

Separately, Corey Lewandowski, a former aide, dismissed the controversy as "political correctness run amok."

--This report was updated at 10:15 a.m.