Pres. Trump weighs in on cancellation of ‘Roseanne’

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In this combination photo, U.S. President Donald Trump appears at a campaign rally in Moon Township, Pa., on March 10, 2018, left, and Roseanne Barr arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of “Roseanne” in Burbank, Calif. Trump reached out to Roseanne Barr to congratulate her after the debut of her ABC sitcom reboot drew 18.4 […]

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump has broken his silence on the cancellation of “Roseanne.”

In a tweet, Trump noted that Robert Iger, who is chief executive of ABC’s parent Walt Disney Co., called Valerie Jarrett to say the network wouldn’t tolerate Roseanne Barr’s racist tweet about the former Obama adviser.

Trump wrote that Iger never called him to apologize for “the HORRIBLE statements” that have been said about him on ABC. Tweeted Trump: “Maybe I just didn’t get the call.”

The president reveled in the show’s success this spring, especially after Barr’s character came out as a supporter of his policies.

After Barr tweeted that Valerie Jarrett, a former advisor to President Obama, was a cross between the Muslim Brotherhood and “Planet of the Apes,” the actress wrote that it was “2 in the morning and I was ambien tweeting-it was memorial day too-i went 2 far & and do not want it defended-it was egregious indefensible. I made a mistake I wish I hadn’t…don’t defend it please.”

Sanofi, a French pharmaceutical company and the maker of the Ambien, responded to Barr’s statement, saying:

“People of all races, religions and nationalities work at Sanofi every day to improve the lives of people around the world. While all pharmaceutical treatments have side effects, racism is not a known side effect of any Sanofi medication.”

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