Gizmodo Falsely Reports That Donald Trump Fired Officials in Charge of Maintaining Nukes
Gizmodo falsely reported Monday that president-elect Donald Trump fired the federal officials responsible for maintaining the U.S. nuclear arsenal.
“Trump Just Dismissed the People in Charge of Maintaining Our Nuclear Arsenal,” reported Ashley Feinberg, who wrote for Gizmodo’s sister site Gawker before its shutdown. “According to an official within the Department of Energy, this past Friday, the President-elect’s team instructed the head of the National Nuclear Security Administration and his deputy to clean out their desks when Trump takes office on January 20th,” she wrote.
Trump, she continued, “appears determined to immediately push out everyone who was appointed by Obama, regardless of whether or not he has anyone in line for the job. Or, as our source put it: ‘It’s a shocking disregard for process and continuity of government.'”
The piece was widely shared, but Gizmodo soon added a large correction to the body of the piece. It turns it’s not at all true that Trump told the NNSA appointees they had to leave, he just never asked them to stay.