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Trump calls for Washington Post reporter to be fired for tweet about crowd size at Pensacola rally

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President Trump participated in a "Make America Great Again" rally and is now calling out a reporter about a tweet on crowd size. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

President Trump called for a Washington Post reporter to be fired after the reporter admitted to wrongfully posting a photo from the president's rally in Pensacola, Fla., on Friday night that suggested few people attended the event.

".@daveweigel of the Washington Post just admitted that his picture was a FAKE (fraud?) showing an almost empty arena last night for my speech in Pensacola when, in fact, he knew the arena was packed (as shown also on T.V.). FAKE NEWS, he should be fired," Trump tweeted Saturday.

Trump initially suggested the reporter, Dave Weigel, apologize and retract the tweet.

“.@DaveWeigel @WashingtonPost put out a phony photo of an empty arena hours before I arrived @ the venue, w/ thousands of people outside, on their way in. Real photos now shown as I spoke. Packed house, many people unable to get in. Demand apology & retraction from FAKE NEWS WaPo!” the president tweeted.

Weigel responded to Trump’s first tweet, apologizing and pointing out that he deleted his initial tweet after the U.S. political editor for the Daily Mail pointed out his mistake.

“Sure thing: I apologize. I deleted the photo after @dmartosko told me I'd gotten it wrong. Was confused by the image of you walking in the bottom right corner,” Weigel tweeted.

The initial tweet from the Washington Post reporter Friday night included a photo of the crowd inside the Pensacola Bay Center, where the president participated in a “Make America Great Again” rally. The image showed many empty seats inside the venue.

“'Packed to the rafters,” Weigel tweeted, quoting the president in the now-deleted tweet.

But Trump argued Saturday that Weigel’s photo was taken hours before he spoke at the arena. The president posted several photos himself that showed the crowd from different angles.