President Trump slammed the New York Times for a tweet Wednesday comparing the New England Patriots' 2015 and 2017 trips to the White House and the amount of team personnel pictured in a photograph.
The Times' sports section account tweeted a photo comparing the 2015 photo and the 2017 photo Wednesday afternoon. The 2015 photo, with President Obama, showed many more people in the photograph than the 2017 photo with Trump. The Times seemed to be alluding to a number of Patriots deciding not to attend the White House because of their political disagreements with Trump.
However, the Patriots said the pictures lacked context. In 2015, many non-player team personnel were in the picture whereas in 2017 they were behind the camera on the South Lawn of the White House.
Trump said the rush to criticize him made the Times get caught in a lie.
"Failing @nytimes, which has been calling me wrong for two years, just got caught in a big lie concerning New England Patriots visit to W.H.," Trump tweeted.
The Patriots said about 20 fewer players attended the visit to the White House in 2017 than in 2015, but roughly about the same number of organization personnel and guests made the trip.