Rowl­ing sorry after ac­cus­ing Trump of ig­nor­ing dis­abled boy

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

"Harry Pot­ter" au­thor JK Rowl­ing, an out­spo­ken critic of US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, apol­o­gized yes­ter­day for sug­gest­ing he ig­nored a child in a wheel­chair at a White House event. The Bri­tish writer-like Trump a pro­lific user of Twit­ter-used the so­cial net­work to ad­mit she had been mis­taken and apol­o­gize "un­re­servedly" to the boy and his fam­ily. "Re: my tweets about the small boy in a wheel­chair whose prof­fered hand the pres­i­dent ap­peared to ig­nore in press footage, sources have in­formed me that was not a full or ac­cu­rate rep­re­sen­ta­tion of their in­ter­ac­tion," she wrote.

"I very clearly pro­jected my own sen­si­tiv­i­ties around the is­sue of dis­abled peo­ple being over­looked or ig­nored onto the im­ages I saw and if that caused any dis­tress to that boy or his fam­ily, I apol­o­gize un­re­servedly." On July 24, Trump and Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Pence hosted sev­eral fam­i­lies who the White House said had been "heav­ily bur­dened" by Oba­macare, in­clud­ing the lit­tle boy and his mother. Rowl­ing had de­plored "how stun­ning, and how hor­ri­ble" it was that Trump seemed to ig­nore him. She has since deleted those tweets, al­though they were pub­lished by the Daily Mail web­site. A video posted on the White House web­site clearly shows the pres­i­dent bend­ing down to talk to the child. — AFP

File photo shows Bil­lie Joe Arm­strong of the band Green Day per­forms on ABC's "Good Morn­ing America" 2017 Summer Con­cert Se­ries in New York.

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File photo shows The Chainsmok­ers' Alex Pall, left, and Drew Tag­gart per­form in Austin, Texas.

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File photo of Bri­tish au­thor JK Rowl­ing as she poses for the pho­tog­ra­phers dur­ing photo call to un­veil her new book, en­ti­tled: 'The Ca­sual Va­cancy', at the South­bank Cen­tre in Lon­don.

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