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ABC says Ross will no longer cover stories involving Trump

By: The Associated Press
December 5, 2017 Updated: December 5, 2017 at 9:22 am
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FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2015, file photo, provided by ABC, correspondent Brian Ross speaks on "Good Morning America," which airs on the ABC Television Network, in New York. Ross will no longer cover stories involving President Donald Trump following his erroneous report last Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, on former national security adviser Michael Flynn. (Fred Lee/ABC via AP, File)

NEW YORK — Suspended ABC News reporter Brian Ross will no longer cover stories involving President Donald Trump following his erroneous report last Friday on former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

The network on Tuesday confirmed the order by ABC News President James Goldston, who expressed his anger over the error on an internal phone call that was leaked to CNN.

Ross was suspended for four weeks without pay over the weekend. He had reported incorrectly that Trump, when he was still a candidate for president, had told Flynn to make contact with the Russians. Instead, Ross later said that Trump's instructions came when he was president-elect, not a candidate.

It was immediately seized upon by Trump as an example of "fake news."

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