Axios reporter Jonathan Swan apologized on Tuesday for a statement he made in a pre-recorded interview with President Trump that aired Monday night.
Swan’s interview with the president made headlines from his thoughts on late Congressman John Lewis to his defense of the administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. One of the heated discussions during the meeting focused on postal voting, which the president has openly opposed in recent weeks.
“They’re going to send tens of millions of ballots to California, everywhere who’s going to get them,” Trump said.
“They send out nominations, not ballots,” Swan replied.
Trump went on to cite examples of dead people and pets receiving “ballots” in the mail. Swan noticed again that he was “probably” talking about apps.
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“They are sending out millions of ballots,” Trump reiterated.
“No, they are not,” Swan told the president. “These are applications”,
After the interview aired on HBO, the Axios reporter returned to the claim. Despite the majority of cases where requests are sent, there are other cases where it is in fact ballots that are mailed to voters, he said.
“When I interviewed POTUS, I said that the mail-in voting material people received were nominations, not ballots,” Swan tweeted. “This is overwhelmingly the case, but not everywhere. For example, California and now (after registration) Nevada. I should have used more precise language, and I’m sorry for the mistake, ”
The apology follows one made by Swan on Sunday during a panel discussion on ABC News’ “This Week”.
On the so-called veepstakes as Joe Biden continues to select his running mate, Swan reported that some members of the former vice president’s “inner circle” oppose Sen. Kamala Harris, D- California, alluding to an exchange she had with the now presumed Democratic candidate during a primary debate on the bus issue.
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“They haven’t forgotten the fact that she did call him a racist on the debate stage,” Swan told the panel.
After a panelist dismissed the remark, Swan later admitted on Twitter that he “misstated and unfairly” what Harris said, writing “I’m sorry for this mistake.”