Local TV Station Editor Fired After Network Airs Doctored Video Of Trump’s Oval Office Address

Mike Brest | Reporter

A staffer at the local Fox affiliate in Seattle has been fired after the network aired what appeared to be a doctored video from President Donald Trump’s Oval Office address to the nation from Tuesday.

WATCH:

The video that Q13 FOX aired included a segment where the president said, “Hopefully, we can rise above partisan politics in order to support national security.”

In Trump’s speech, after saying that line he briefly paused to lick his lips and then began speaking again. He said, “Some have suggested a barrier is immoral, then why do wealthy politicians build walls, fences, and gates around their homes?” (RELATED: Read President Trump’s Full Immigration Address To The American People)

However, in the video that Q13 aired, Trump licked his lips for an uncomfortably long period of time.

One other difference is that the altered video appears more saturated, leading the president’s skin to appear more orange.

“This does not meet our editorial standards and we regret if it is seen as portraying the president in a negative light,” Q13 news director Erica Hill wrote in a statement, according to the Seattle Times.

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 08: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the nation in his first-prime address from the Oval Office of the White House on January 8, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Carlos Barria-Pool/Getty Images)

Hill released another statement Thursday saying, “We’ve completed our investigation into this incident and determined that the actions were the result of an individual editor whose employment has been terminated.”

The president’s address came in the middle of the third week of the partial government shutdown as Republicans and Democrats fight over spending on border security. Trump has demanded over $5 billion for his proposed wall, while the Democrats have only offered under $2 billion for the vague “border security.”

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