JK Rowling apologises for claiming Donald Trump ignored handshake from a disabled boy


Aug,01 2017 13:37:53 IST

London: Harry Potter author JK Rowling has apologized for a series of tweets that falsely accused US President Donald Trump of refusing to shake the hand of a boy in a wheelchair during an event last week.

JK Rowling in this file photo. Courtesy: Reuters

JK Rowling in this file photo. Courtesy: Reuters

On 31 July, Rowling said she deleted her 28 July tweets after she was informed that they "not a full or accurate representation" of what happened at the 24 July event at the White House, reports CNN.

She also apologized on Twitter to the three-year-old Montgomery Weer and his family though she did not extend the same courtesy to Trump.

A spokesperson for Rowling did not say whether she would issue an apology to the President.

Rowling had tweeted a video which was edited in a way that suggested Trump ignored Weer's outstretched hand, CNN reported.

The bestselling author wrote it was "stunning" and "horrible" that Trump "cannot bring himself to shake the hand of a small boy who only wanted to touch the President".

The first in her series of seven tweets racked up more than 75,000 re-tweets by 31 July.

The boy's mother, Marjorie, wrote on Facebook that Trump didn't snub her son.


Updated Date: Aug 01, 2017 13:39 PM