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NBC attacks Trump for calling London attack terrorism — then it epically backfires in their face

NBC threw shade at President Donald Trump by undermining his tweet calling London attack terrorism. Then British officials confirmed what Trump tweeted. (David McNew/Getty Images)

NBC News, via their official Twitter account, lashed out at President Donald Trump Saturday in the midst of an Islamic terror attack in London.

Prior to confirming that the London attack was, indeed, terrorism, Trump, on his personal Twitter account, retweeted a tweet from the Drudge Report that labeled the attack as terrorism. He then tweeted from his account: "We need to be smart, vigilant and tough. We need the courts to give us back our rights. We need the Travel Ban as an extra level of safety!"

Trump's implication, of course, was that the London attack was terrorism. Given that he's the president of the U.S., Trump likely already had advanced intelligence of the situation.

But NBC News took issue with Trump's retweet and implication. After Trump retweeted the Drudge Report and tweeted himself, NBC tweeted from its main Twitter account that they weren't "relaying" Trump's Twitter message because the information he shared was "unconfirmed."

"Pres. Trump has used Twitter to share news report on London incident," NBC tweeted. "We aren't relaying president's retweet, as the info is unconfirmed."

The implication of NBC's tweet, of course, was that Trump was sharing unreliable information. And if the replies to NBC's tweet is any indication, that implication was clearly communicated.

"To wrap up, the president of the United States is an unreliable source," one person said in reply to NBC's tweet. That was the top reply with more than 4,000 "likes."

However, Trump turned out to be correct and Saturday's attack was confirmed by British officials to be terrorism perpetrated by radical Islamic terrorists.

After it was officially determined that the attack was terrorism, Twitter users took to NBC's tweet to gloat. Many claimed that NBC, through their tweet, was showing an anti-Trump "bias":

The attack left seven dead and dozens others injured. It came on the ninth day of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month. During Ramadan this year, more than 150 people around the world have perished because of Islamic terrorism.

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