Yesterday, Gizmodo printed a misleading and fake news story about Trump planning to fire the people in charge of our nuclear arsenal.
The NNSA is a department within the Department of Energy. They have oversight over our nuclear warheads – development, disposal, and maintenance. Gizmodo said the Trump team was going to remove the heads of the agency after taking office. But that appeared to not be true:
On Monday, Gizmodo reported that the Trump team has asked NNSA director Frank Klotz and his deputy, Madelyn Creedon, to step down on Jan 20. Because those positions require senate confirmation, those spots would likely be open for several weeks, if not months – at a time when the agency would need to be advocating the new Congress for funding.
However, an NNSA official, speaking on background, denied such discussions have occurred.
The story was filed at 11:57 AM. At 11:03 PM they were forced to print this embarrassing correction:
“Correction, 1/9/17, 11:03 p.m., : Another NNSA official, speaking on background to Gizmodo and Defense News, has disputed this report as “inaccurate” while confirming that “there have been no discussions between the president-elect’s transition team and any of NNSA’s political appointees on extending their public service past Jan. 20.” In other words, the Trump transition team has not asked the top two NNSA officials to stay on until they can be replaced.
“After speaking to our source for clarification, we have updated the story and headline to reflect that, while Klotz and Creedon have submitted their resignations, intend to depart on January 20, and have not been asked by the Trump transition to stay past that date, the Trump team has not explicitly instructed them to leave or “clean out their desks,” as we reported. According to our source, both officials “have expressed [to the Trump team] that they would likely be willing to stay to facilitate a smooth transition, if asked,” as is the tradition for key officials, and have received no response.”
No apology was offered.