President Donald Trump lamented Wednesday that Walt Disney chief Robert Iger did not call him to “apologize” for unspecified “horrible statements” made about him on ABC, after the CEO reached out to Valerie Jarrett to condemn comedian Roseanne Barr’s racist tweet about her.
Barr’s hit ABC sitcom “Roseanne” was canceled Tuesday after the TV personality said Jarrett, an African American woman born in Iran and a longtime adviser to former President Barack Obama, was the product of the "muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes" having "a baby."
Jarrett revealed during an appearance on MSNBC Tuesday night that Iger, whose company owns ABC, called her prior to the show’s cancellation to condemn the tweet.
Trump, who had yet to address the controversy until Wednesday morning, broke his silence on Twitter, saying Iger never sent him a similar message, though he did not say what exactly he thought warranted an apology.
“Bob Iger of ABC called Valerie Jarrett to let her know that “ABC does not tolerate comments like those” made by Roseanne Barr,” the president tweeted. “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?”
Trump praised the relaunched sitcom during a March rally in Ohio, touting the show’s ratings. But the president made no mention Tuesday at a rally in Nashville of the uproar over Barr’s remarks or the show’s cancellation.
Pressed on whether the president had any comment on the Barr backlash earlier on Tuesday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters the president’s focus lay elsewhere.
“Look, as you know, the president has been extremely focused, as I just walked through, on the things going on with the upcoming summit, and the president’s focused on North Korea and he’s focused on trade deals and he’s focused on the economy,” Sanders said.