NBC News Issues Correction for Misidentifying Trump's Civil War Reference

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The network incorrectly attributed quotes from the president praising General Ulysses S. Grant as references to General Robert E. Lee.

NBC News has issued a correction after it "misidentified" General Ulysses S. Grant and General Robert E. Lee in a video of a speech given by President Donald Trump on Friday at a rally in Lebanon, Ohio.

"CORRECTION: An earlier tweet misidentified the general President Trump described as "incredible" at a rally in Ohio. It was Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, not Gen. Robert E. Lee. An attached video clip lacked the full context for Trump's remark. Here is the full clip," the news organization tweeted on Sunday morning along with video of Trump's remarks.

The correction is in response to a tweet on Friday from NBC News that read: "WATCH: President Trump says 'Robert E. Lee was a great general' during Ohio rally, calling the Confederate leader 'incredible.'"

Early Sunday morning, before NBC News issued its correction, Trump criticized the network, tweeting, "NBC News has totally and purposely changed the point and meaning of my story about General Robert E Lee and General Ulysses Grant. Was actually a shoutout to warrior Grant and the great state in which he was born. As usual, dishonest reporting. Even mainstream media embarrassed!"

Following the correction, Trump thanked NBC for the update.