President Donald Trump criticized Disney CEO Bob Iger on Wednesday for apologizing for Roseanne Barr's racist tweet that led to the cancellation of her hit ABC show, but failing to show remorse about statements made about the president on the network.
In a tweet, Trump acknowledged that Iger apologized to Valerie Jarrett, a black advisor to former President Barack Obama whom Barr compared to an ape. Trump did not address the substance of what Barr tweeted or the cancellation of "Roseanne."
Instead, he noted that Iger "never called President Donald J. Trump to apologize for the HORRIBLE statements made and said about me on ABC."
Trump tweet: Bob Iger of ABC called Valerie Jarrett to let her know that "ABC does not tolerate comments like those" made by Roseanne Barr. Gee, he never called President Donald J. Trump to apologize for the HORRIBLE statements made and said about me on ABC. Maybe I just didn't get the call?
The tweet Wednesday again shows Trump's penchant for jumping into heated racial and cultural matters — often without condemning the racist behavior at issue. Trump drew parallels between white supremacists marching in Charlottesville, Virginia, last year and the people who protested against them.
On Tuesday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump would not worry about the cancellation of "Roseanne," as "we have a lot bigger things going on in the country right now."
It is unclear to which comments on ABC that Trump is referring to. Some ABC personalities such as late-night host Jimmy Kimmel have repeatedly criticized the president.
Asked Wednesday about Trump's tweet, Sanders said the president called out "media bias." She added that "no one's defending" what Barr wrote. Sanders said she is unaware if Trump talked to either Iger or Barr.