JK Rowling apologises over Trump disabled boy criticism



JK Rowling has apologised for accusing President Donald Trump of ignoring a disabled child at the White House.

The Harry Potter author accused the US President of a "stunning" and "horrible" reaction when he appeared to avoid shaking the boy's hand in a video.

"How stunning, and how horrible, that Trump cannot bring himself to shake the hand of a small boy who only wanted to touch the president," the author wrote on Twitter.

But Rowling was corrected by the boy's mother, who wrote on Facebook: "If someone can please get a message to JK Rowling: Trump didn't snub my son & Monty wasn't even trying to shake his hand".

J K Rowling tweeted her apologies on Monday

The author, a vocal critic of President Trump, "apologised unreservedly" in a series of following Twitter posts.

"Re: my tweets about the small boy in a wheelchair whose proffered hand the president appeared to ignore in press footage," she wrote, deleting her previous post.

"Multiple sources have informed me that that was not a full or accurate representation of their interaction," she added.

"I very clearly projected my own sensitivities around the issue of disabled people being overlooked or ignored onto the images I saw and if that caused any distress to that boy or his family, I apologise unreservedly."

JK Rowling did not apologise to President Trump directly.