President Trump offered plaudits to ABC News for temporarily suspending reporter Brian Ross after the outlet admitted his reporting led to the publication of a high-profile error about Trump and his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn.
Trump also resurrected his "Witch Hunt" criticism of the federal Russia inquiry.
"Congratulations to @ABC News for suspending Brian Ross for his horrendously inaccurate and dishonest report on the Russia, Russia, Russia Witch Hunt," he tweeted Saturday evening.
Congratulations to @ABC News for suspending Brian Ross for his horrendously inaccurate and dishonest report on the Russia, Russia, Russia Witch Hunt. More Networks and “papers” should do the same with their Fake News!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 3, 2017
ABC News announced earlier in the day that it would suspend Ross for four weeks without pay after the outlet issued a correction to a report published a day prior that originally cited a source saying Trump requested that Flynn make contact with the Russians while he was a candidate in the 2016 presidential election. Amid backlash, ABC News later issued a “clarification” then a “correction,” saying that Trump made the request after the election during the transition.
Donald Trump Jr. slammed the news organization on Saturday for dealing "fake news" and suggested that they would not punish the reporter because "the error was adverse to @realDonaldTrump... the same error about his predecessor would have been met with real consequences."
Then the suspension announcement came later in the day along with an apology for what the outlet described then as a "serious error."
Usually reserving his praise for Fox News, and his ire for "fake news" outlets like CNN and the New York Times, Trump said other outlets should take note of ABC News' effort to be accountable for its misreporting.
"More Networks and 'papers' should do the same with their Fake News!", Trump added.
He frequently paints the "fake news" label on outlets in response to reports that are critical of him.
Just before his ABC News tweet, Trump called attention to what he views as double standard between how Hillary Clinton's email scandal was handled by the FBI versus the controversy surrounding Flynn, who pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to lying to the FBI about his talks with Russian officials.
Flynn also agreed to cooperate with Mueller's team, which is investigating Russian meddling the 2016 election and possible ties between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.
Trump, who is reportedly saying he expects to wrap up by the year's end, was asked by reporters Saturday morning if he was worried about what Flynn might tell Mueller. Trump said: "No, I am not."
Trump also insisted that "there has been absolutely no collusion" between his campaign and Russia during the 2016 campaign.