Trump needles ABC News over false Manafort graphic

President TrumpDonald John TrumpAlaska Republican Party cancels 2020 primary Ukrainian official denies Trump pressured president Trump goes after New York Times, Washington Post: 'They have gone totally CRAZY!!!!' MORE took aim at ABC News on Wednesday after the channel mistakenly aired a graphic claiming that his former campaign chairman, Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortUkraine could badly damage both Donald Trump and the Democrats Lewandowski refuses to say whether Trump has offered him a pardon Democrats return to a battered Trump MORE, pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

In a tweet, the president dubbed ABC "fake" and questioned whether members of Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerLewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it Fox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network Mueller report fades from political conversation MORE's team, whom he has in the past dubbed "13 angry Democrats," had put the news organization up to the graphic.

"Look what Fake ABC News put out. I guess they had it prepared from the 13 Angry Democrats leading the Witch Hunt!" the president tweeted.


The network apologized early Wednesday after the chyron was aired during a signing ceremony at the White House at which Trump issued a temporary halt to his administration's policy of separating families for prosecution at the U.S.-Mexico border.

"We regret and apologize for the false lower third graphic that aired during our special report. We are investigating how incorrect information was in our system and how and why it was allowed to air," ABC News said in a statement Wednesday afternoon.

"We apologize to our viewers and to Mr. Manafort. There simply is no excuse for this sort of mistake."

The president's former press secretary, Sean SpicerSean Michael SpicerSpicer puts his 'Dancing with the Stars' puffy neon green shirt up for charity auction Spicer on 'Dancing with the Stars': 'Those of us who stand for #Christ won't be discounted' Spicer makes debut on 'Dancing With the Stars' to Spice Girls song MORE, questioned whether ABC would extend a similar apology to Trump himself.

Trump has frequently criticized the Mueller investigation, particularly into his former campaign chair, Manafort, accusing the Justice Department of running a "witch hunt" over allegations that his campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 election.

Manafort, who is charged with bank fraud and money laundering related to his lobbying work for pro-Russia parties in Ukraine, has not pleaded guilty to any charges and denies any wrongdoing.