The Associated Press has sued the public relations company behind an ad that claims President Donald Trump has endorsed a “new generation” of “conservative activists” and accused them of “fighting the establishment” in their fight against Obamacare.
The ad, which ran in major U.S. newspapers and on television stations across the country, was part of a broader campaign by the firm, American Media Inc., to raise awareness about the Affordable Care Act and its impact on the conservative movement.
The firm said in a statement that the ad is “false and misleading” and that it “does not represent or endorse” the views of the Trump campaign.
It said it was not involved in crafting the ad.
American Media is owned by Media Matters, a group that is pushing back against criticism of the president and is considered one of the more conservative media outlets.
The Trump campaign has criticized the ad as being a partisan attack.
A spokeswoman for the campaign, Jessica Ditto, said in an email that the campaign has no plans to sue.
“This ad was built on a flawed premise, and the Trump White House has a long history of attacking, lying and attacking other people,” she said.
In a statement emailed to The Associated Post, the president’s son Eric Trump said the ad’s “unfair characterization of conservatives” and “negative tone” have “been a consistent theme from this campaign.”
“The American people are tired of hearing that our policies and decisions are a product of the political elite,” Eric Trump wrote.
“They want facts and facts alone.”